NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Warships from three nations will be on the Mississippi River Thursday on their way to New Orleans for NOLA Navy Week.
The week will show off the sea services from the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.
The amphibious assault ship USS Wasp, the destroyers USS James E. Williams and USS Cole, the Canadian destroyer HMCS Athabaskan, and the frigate HMS Lancaster from the United Kingdom will all be moored along the downtown waterfront from Thalia Street Wharf to Governor Nicholls Street Wharf after transiting the Mississippi. The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter USCGC Dauntless arrived at the Bienville pier Tuesday.
"Our Sailors, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen are excited to show off their ships and equipment to the citizens of New Orleans, and we hope that everybody will come look at some of the most advanced warships in the world," Navy spokesman Steve Strickland said.
The ships will all be open for tours beginning Friday. Group tours are in the morning on Friday and Monday, with sign-ups available at nolanavyweek.com. General public visitation, open to anybody, begins at noon Friday except for USS Wasp, which will open for visitation at 2 p.m. Friday.
On Saturday, all the ships will be available for public touring beginning at 9 a.m. with the exception of Wasp, which will open at 10 a.m. Dauntless will stop tours at 3 p.m. Saturday, while Athabaskan and Lancaster at Thalia Street Wharf will stop tours at 1 p.m. Saturday. The three U.S. Navy ships will be available for touring until 5 p.m.
Sunday's schedule has all ships opening for tours at 9 a.m. All the U.S. ships will be open until 5 p.m., while Lancaster and Athabaskan will be open for tours until 1 p.m.
On Monday, Dauntless gets back underway and will not be open for tours. In addition, Wasp will not be open for general public visitation Monday, but all the other ships will be open for tours from noon to 5 p.m.
Last chance to tour the ships is Tuesday. All ships will be open for tours from noon to 5 p.m.
On Wednesday morning, remaining ships will leave the area beginning at 9 a.m.
The bells of St. Louis Cathedral and churches throughout the city will ring a final farewell as they head back out to sea.