The honor of attending LA Fleet Week 2017
LA Fleet Week is a free public event celebrating our U.S. armed forces at the picturesque Port of Los Angeles. It has become a Labor Day tradition which brings active military ships and personnel to the LA Waterfront, and features ship tours, military equipment demonstrations, live entertainment and more. Dante Valve was honored to be a part of this important celebration.
Ride of a lifetime aboard the USS Anchorage
Among the week’s many highlights, Dante Valve President Lisa Dante Papini and her son, Nico, rode aboard the USS Anchorage (LPD-23), a San Antonio-Class amphibious transport dock, as it sailed from the San Diego Naval Base to LA Harbor. “It was a wonderful opportunity to connect with the Navy personnel who use our valves, and see our products installed on the ship,” said Lisa. “It was very insightful to get behind-the-scenes access to the amazing USS Anchorage, and meet the sailors who sacrifice so much to protect our country and our citizens. We are forever grateful for their service.”
Papini recalls many special moments from the journey and docking, including watching:
- An Osprey Marine Corps helicopter landing on the ship
- A Marine Corps LCAC hovercraft embarking onto the Anchorage’s well deck, carrying a truck, tank and other Marine gear
- Sailors “manning the rails” and saluting the USS Iowa as they entered LA Harbor
Special tours and special guests
The Dante Valve group of 40-plus employees toured the USS Dewey (DDG-105) with vendors and staff members of U.S. Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, who represents California’s 40th district and is a strong advocate for our national defense. Both Lisa Dante Papini and Dante Valve’s Vice President of Operations, Matt Dante, were honored to receive a special tour of the USS Pasadena submarine (SSN-752) over Labor Day weekend.
Giving sailors some well-deserved R&R
Dante Valve was one of several sponsors of LA Fleet Week, helping to underwrite transportation to on-shore activities that gave our hard-working sailors a chance to enjoy some R&R. Events included touring local sites in Long Beach and San Pedro, attending LA Dodgers and Angels baseball games, visiting museums and even conducting interviews with local TV stations. The sailors were touched by the warm reception they received everywhere they went – and by the random acts of kindness displayed towards them.
A true honor to participate
“Having a chance to be part of LA Fleet Week is a true honor,” said Papini. “Jonathan Williams and his LA Fleet Week team do an amazing job, and we have such a tremendous respect for the men and women of our armed services. Being on the ships, meeting those heroes, hearing their stories, and seeing how our products help them succeed…continues to bring out pride in all of us.”
To learn more about LA Fleet Week and how you can get involved, visit www.LAFleetWeek.org.
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