Newport, RI (PRWEB) August 19, 2014
Korean War era aircraft carrier USS Saratoga will depart Newport, Rhode Island for her final cruise Wednesday morning, August 20. National Historic Landmark Fort Adams, the largest coastal fortress in North America, will salute this heroic vessel and the men who sailed her as she passes down Narragansett Bay for the last time.
Rick Nagele, Executive Director, Fort Adams Trust notes, “The Saratoga is, in all likelihood, the last aircraft carrier to be stationed in the Narragansett Bay. We’ve also heard it is likely that she may be the last carrier to visit Rhode Island waters. Watching this massive ship clear the Newport Bridge and move slowly past Fort Adams is potentially a once in a lifetime experience.”
To honor this gallant ship, Fort Adams and the Newport Artillery Company will fire a salute from a Korean War ‘Pack Howitzer’ and will dip of the huge Garrison Flag flying from the 100’ flagpole at the Fortress. The roar of the salute will be heard and seen across Narragansett Bay.
Spectators are encouraged to come to Fort Adams State Park to extend their best wishes, show their respect and interest in the vessel as she passes.
According to Nagele, “As currently scheduled, the Saratoga is due to leave the pier at the Newport Navy base about 8:00 AM (0800 hours). She will be towed at a speed of about 2.5 knots. We are told that she will be in the neighborhood of Fort Adams around 10:00 AM (1000 hours). However, times are subject to change. Towing a vessel like the Sara after she has been at the dock for as long as she has can have its complications.”
Robert Edenbach, Colonel Commanding the Newport Artillery Company states, “Taking a moment to honor our military heritage and those who fought to keep us free is critical. Sometimes we forget the cost of freedom. Every time we make this mistake, we surely regret it.”
The United States Navy has played a major role in the destiny of Newport and the lives of the people living here. As Nagele notes, “Fort Adams and the Newport Artillery Company are both happy to play a small role in keeping this heritage alive.”
About Fort Adams
Fort Adams, largest coastal fortress ever built in North America, was second only to the Erie Canal as the largest construction project of its day in the United States. The Fortress was a learning laboratory for builders of fortifications. In many ways, this fortress can be thought of as the ‘NASA of its day.’ The builders experimented with critical construction elements and design features, tested, revised, and recorded their findings. They then communicated their results to other construction teams throughout the United States. In a sense, Fort Adams is where America learned how to build large, sophisticated military systems.
The Fort was active for well over 100 years, defended the coast of Southern New England and trained and dispatched soldiers abroad through four wars.
Today, Fort Adams is Newport, Rhode Island’s edgy & adventurous learning and event destination. It offers corporations and individuals a variety of meeting and event sites, is host to the world famous Newport Folk & Jazz festivals, and was home port to the most recent America’s Cup World Series – a premier sailing event.
About the Fort Adams Trust
The Fort Adams Trust is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit responsible for preservation, programming, and promoting the National Historic Landmarks in Fort Adams State Park in Newport, Rhode Island. Over 100,000 people tour the Fort and attend events in the Park annually. The Trust, descended from the Fort Adams Foundation, accepts donations to support its preservation and programming missions.
About the Newport Artillery Company
The Artillery Company of Newport, chartered in 1741 by King George II of Great Britain, is today a ceremonial unit of the Rhode Island Militia, Council of Historic Military Commands. As such, the Company provides cannon salutes, color guards, and honor guards for official state and local ceremonies, as well as for privately sponsored patriotic and veterans' events.
Throughout its proud history of over 271 years, the Artillery Company has served with distinction in both war and peace, including service in the French Indian Wars, the War of the Revolution, at the Battle of Lake Erie in the War of 1812, at the First Battle of Bull Run during the Civil War, and the Spanish-American War. Individual Members of the Company have served in each of this country's 20th and 21st Century military engagements.
About Newport, Rhode Island
Newport, often called the City by the Sea, is also referred to as 'New England's second global city.' In addition to the incredible historic destinations and cultural activities, great restaurants & shops, and unrivaled scenic beauty, there is a cosmopolitan sophistication to the City. International visitors abound and you can hear multiple languages on the streets.