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Museum Update 7 June 2022

Thank You

…for making LA Fleet Week 2022 a success! Did you catch all the highlights?

  • The dodgeball tournament – won by the US Marine Corps
  • Galley Wars culinary competition – won by newcomers to LA Fleet Week, the US Army
  • Live entertainment from Taylor Hicks and Ruben Studdard, Pearl, DJ Ravidrums, DJ Crooked Styles, Destroyers – the rock band from Navy Band Southwest, Sean Oliu & The Coastline Cowboys, Coffey Anderson, Identity Theft, and Yachtley Crew
  • The food trucks and displays around the expo footprint
  • The aircraft and demonstrations both in the sky and on the ground
  • USS Essex and USS Portland
  • The ceremony to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in military service to our nation

What did you enjoy most about LA Fleet Week this year? What could we do to make it even better for 2023? Drop us your feedback here!

Scuttlebutt Podcast This Week

Continuing the LA Fleet Week wrap up, we managed to sneak in a fun podcast episode during all the craziness. 

Meet Captain Tyler O’Connor of the US Marine Corps. Tyler and his crew brought their MV-22 Osprey to town to show to the public. We were amazed the thing could even fly, and to hear him describe learning to do that, we’re still not convinced it’s possible.

Listen to Tyler describe the transition from traditional planes and helicopters to this most unusual of aircraft. 

Or click the photo below for the YouTube version… which contains BONUS FOOTAGE at the end of the Osprey landing, taking off, and its interior.

STEM Adventure Summer Camp | Spots And Scholarships Still Available!

Want to send your student to summer camp, but slightly tight on funds? Thanks to The Crail-Johnson Foundation, we have scholarships available for our STEM Adventure Camp! If you live in the greater LA Harbor area and are classified as a low- to median – income household, you are qualified to apply for a scholarship

We welcome students in 1st through 8th grade to participate in week long camps, Monday – Friday, 9am – 12pm. 

While aboard the ship, summer explorers will be able to investigate different ship compartments and participate in fun STEM activities centered around concepts vital to the successful construction, operation, and maintenance of the ship. Each camper will get a summer camp t-shirt and a daily snack and beverage.

To apply for a scholarship, please complete the Google Form application by clicking the button below.

To register your child as a paying participant, please click the button below.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to Education Manager Tiffany Ellerbeck at 877-446-9261 ext. 749 or email her at


Grab your spot today – camp sessions begin soon!

Celebrate All of What Battleship IOWA Represents | Become A Plank Owner of the National Museum 

We spent Memorial Day saluting our sea services, armed forces, and those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation as members of our military. You can still mark the occasion by becoming a Plank Owner of the National Museum of the Surface Navy.

As a Plank Owner, your giving provides recognition and Haze Gray points to be redeemed for ship access, event space reservations, and more. Your name will be listed in the Quarterdeck of Honor, our living donor recognition display that lists your name more prominently as you support over time.


Registering as a Plank Owner entitles you to a free digital certificate. Printed certificates are reserved for Plank Owners who donate $25 or more.  As a Plank Owner, you will receive updates, invitations, and recognition as a museum Plank Owner. It may take up to 10 days for donations to reflect in your listing and upgrade your status.

The Haze Gray points system is in development to be released in 2022. All donations, volunteer hours, and numerated support will be applied to your Haze Gray account retroactively, dating back to Jan. 1, 2020.  If you choose to donate without logging in, we will strive to match your donation up to an existing record.  If we are unable to locate a record, we will create one for your contribution.

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