USS William P. Lawrence to participate in Juneau’s Maritime Festival

Story by Commander, U.S 3rd Fleet Public Affairs

The guided-missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110) transits the Pacific Ocean during Rim of the Pacific 2016. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan J. Batchelder/Released)

Juneau, Alaska (KINY) – Sailors assigned to Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110) will take part in the city of Juneau’s annual Maritime Festival and community activities alongside Navy Band Northwest during a scheduled port visit from May 4 to 9.

While in port, Sailors will have opportunities to participate in community planned events as well as explore the rich history and culture this beautiful area of Southeast Alaska has to offer.

As part of the festivities, William P. Lawrence will be open for public tours at the Cruise Ship Terminal Dock (CT Dock) May 5-8.

Tours will be available from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday, and available from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday. There will be no admittance to the existing tour waiting line after 3 p.m.

This port visit offers the public an opportunity to tour a U.S. Navy ship and meet with the crew as they showcase their ship’s capabilities.

It also gives the public a chance to gain a better understanding of how sea services support national defense and freedom of the seas.

When arriving for public tours, all visitors will be required to present government-issued photo identification and pass through an airport-style security screening checkpoint prior to boarding the ship.

All visitors are subject to search prior to entering the security zone.

Visitors are encouraged to bring as few items as possible when arriving for their tour, as there is no on-site storage, and should wear flat-heeled, closed-toe shoes, no open-toed shoes will be permitted.

Prohibited items on board include the following:

– Weapons, including knives, firearms and club weapons

– Defensive chemicals or sprays, including mace and pepper spray, including bear spray of other spray cans of any type

– Fireworks, flammable liquids or other explosives

– Drugs and drug-related paraphernalia illegal by federal standards, including cannabis

– Large bags, including backpacks, diaper bags and large camera bags (small camera bags and small handbags may be permitted, but will be subject to search)

– Strollers

While general photography of this event is allowed, the use of drones in the area of Navy vessels is strictly prohibited.

Due to the nature of U.S. Navy ships, those with limited mobility, or those who require walkers or wheelchairs, may not be allowed on ship tours for their safety. In these cases, the Navy will facilitate a pier side brief.

Ship tour schedules and conditions are subject to change without prior notice.

Alaska’s strategic location is vital to maintaining peace, stability and a free and open Indo-Pacific region. The Navy is grateful to Alaskans for their continued support to the sea services.