SOURCE: Penn's Landing Corporation

November 26, 2008 15:26 ET

Impressive Ships Arrive and Dock at Penn's Landing in Honor of Army / Navy Weekend

Ships Visit the Philadelphia Waterfront for the 109th Edition of the Interservice Rivalry, and the 82nd Game to Be Played in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA, PA--(Marketwire - November 26, 2008) -


WHEN:   Arrive: Tuesday December 2 and Thursday December 4
        USNS Apache (T-ATF 172)
        USS Bulkeley, DDG 84
        USS Oscar Austin, DDG 79
        Four Naval Academy Yard Patrol Vessels

WHERE:  The Great Plaza at Penn's Landing
        Market Street and Columbus Boulevard.
        Philadelphia, PA

WHAT:   Philadelphia gets a special opportunity for an up-close look at
        two of the U.S. Navy's most impressive ships, a Naval Service Ship,
        and smaller Naval Academy vessels.  The Ships will be open for FREE
        public tours Saturday December 6 from 12 Noon-4pm and Sunday
        December 7 from 12 Noon-4pm.

ARRIVING DECEMBER 2: The USNS APACHE is one of the Military Sealift Command's four Fleet Office Tugs providing towing, diving platform and other services to the Navy's numbered fleets and is part of the 41 ships in the Naval Fleet Auxiliary. This 226 foot ship has a crew of 4 military and 16 civilian service mariners. For information, please visit http://www.msc.navy.mil/inventory/ships.asp?ship=6&type=FleetOceanTug

ARRIVING DECEMBER 4: The USS BULKELEY is an Arleigh Burke destroyer and the first ship ever named after Vice Admiral John Duncan Bulkeley. She was christened on June 24, 2000 at Litton-Ingalls Ship building in Pascagoula, Mississippi. The USS Bulkeley is 519 ft. long and has a crew of 357. Several crew members are from the Philadelphia area, including the commanding officer.

Vice Admiral John Bulkeley fought under severe conditions in Southeast Asia during the early stages of WWII. As a Commanding Officer in WWII, or Commanding Officer of the base at Guantanamo Bay, Admiral Bulkeley was about high standards. His knowledge of his people, his boats, and tactics were instrumental in survival of the war and he was awarded the Medal of Honor for his leadership, courage and accomplishments.

ARRIVING DECEMBER 4: USS OSCAR AUSTIN is the lead ship of the OSCAR AUSTIN - class, a sub-class of the ARLEIGH BURKE - class, making her the Navy's first FLIGHT IIA ARLEIGH BURKE - class guided missile destroyer. The OSCAR AUSTIN is the first ship in the Navy to bear the name.

More than 508 ft. long with a crew of 380, Bath Iron Work's first FLIGHT II ARLEIGH BURKE Class AEGIS Destroyer proudly bears the name of Private First Class Oscar P. Austin, United States Marine Corps. Displaying indomitable courage and selfless devotion to duty, PFC Austin was killed near DaNang, Vietnam in February 1969 when he sacrificed his own life to save an injured companion. He has been recognized with numerous medals and decorations, including the Medal of Honor, the Purple Hart, the National Defense Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with two Bronze stars, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.

For information about the ships, please visit http://www.msc.navy.mil/inventory/ships.asp?ship=6&type=FleetOceanTug, or http://www.bulkeley.navy.mil/default.aspx or http://www.oscar-austin.navy.mil/default.aspx

For up-to-date information about all the Army / Navy events happening this weekend, logon to www.PhillyLovesArmyNavy.com.

Following a national bid process to host the Army/Navy Game, the United States Naval Academy (USNA) and the United States Military Academy (USMA) awarded five of six Army/Navy Games to Philadelphia in April 2003, maintaining the city's position as the home of the Army/Navy Game. The Army/Navy Game will be held in Philadelphia in 2009, in addition to this year's game.