2015-05-14 / Naval Community

Navy Community Briefs

Navy Day at Fort Adams

Statewide Navy Week celebrations will kick off at Fort Adams on Monday, May 25, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The day will include free family activities, a show by the Leapfrogs Navy Parachute Team, and sailors from the USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world, as well as representatives from Naval Station Newport.

Air Show

The Rhode Island National Guard Open House Air Show will return to the Quonset State Airport on May 30 and 31. The show will feature aerial and static displays and activities for all ages; admission and parking are free. Gates open at 9 a.m. and the flying begins at 10 a.m. The U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels will perform both days. There will be no coolers, pets or backpacks permitted. For information, visit riairshow.org.

Spouses Visit Glass Studio

Military Spouses of Newport will hold an outing to Anchor Bend Glass Studio, a glass artist collaborative in North Kingstown, on Tuesday, May 19, 9:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Guests will make an ornament or paperweight. Cost is $40. Register at milspousenewport.org.

Marina Open

Coasters Harbor Island Marina is now open and offers sailing and powerboat classes, kayak rentals and transient berthing. Fees for boating classes are based on rank, and participants will be certified to rent vessels from the facility. For more information, call 401-841-3283.


The Newport Chapter of the Surface Navy Association will host the spring SNA 5K By The Bay on Saturday, May 30, beginning at 10 a.m. Due to base construction, the spring race will be a "fun run" and will not be chip timed. Advance registration is $25, same day $30. Runners who do not normally have access to Naval Station Newport must register by May 22 or they will be denied access at the gate. Awards will be presented to the first two finishers in all age groups. Online registration and additional information available at sna5K.org.

Eight Bells

The Naval War College Museum’s Eight Bells lecture series will present Dwight Messimer on “The Baltimore Sabotage Cell” on Thursday, May 21, at noon.

Messiner describes how, by the summer of 1915, Germany was faced with two major problems in fighting World War I: how to break the British blockade and how to disrupt the British supply line across the Atlantic. Since the German navy could not cut Britain's supply line to America, another answer lay in sabotaging munitions factories, depots, and ships. German agents, with American sympathizers, successfully carried out more than 50 attacks involving fires and explosions on U.S. soil before America's entry into the war.

Advance reservations are required for civilian guests at least five work days prior to the event. For more information on the program and to reserve, call 401-841-2102.

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