Sailors share, volunteer during Navy Week in Chattanooga

180611-N-SH284-0011 CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (June 11, 2018) Aerographer's Mate 1st Class Mike Kings, a Pensacola, Fla. native assigned to the Naval Oceanographic Office, and Lauren Boring, a civilian scientist for the Naval Oceanographic Office put on a demonstration for children at the Chattanooga Aquarium IMAX during Navy Week in Chattanooga. The Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command gave the public a glimpse of its operations and capabilities. Navy Weeks are designed to connect the public with Navy Sailors, programs and equipment throughout the country. Every year, America's Navy comes home to approximately 15 cities across the country to show Americans why having a strong Navy is critical to the American way of life. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Vaughan Dill/Released)

It's Navy Week here in Chattanooga - a chance for sailors to show our community what they've been up to around the world. Riverbend sets the perfect stage for just that.

All week long, sailors will volunteer at things like boys and girls clubs and local summer camps.

On Monday, scientists from the Navy Oceanography and Meteorology Command spent the afternoon at the downtown IMAX.

On display - equipment the Navy uses to collect oceanographic and meteorological data.

"We'll set up at museums aquariums and all these are great out reach places to kind of connect with the public and let them know where their tax dollars are going," says Mike Kings, an Aerographer's Mate.

"What we're doing to improve understanding of ocean modeling and weather modeling and data collection for the country as well as maybe inspire the next generation of meteorologist oceanographers and give us a chance and consider us as a career."

The Navy says it planned this event as closely to World Oceans Day as possible.

This Thursday is Navy Day at the Tennessee Aquarium. It will run from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 in the afternoon.

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