2020 Mardi Gras ships to be docked in Mobile February 21-26
The ships docked in Mobile for the 2020 Mardi Gras celebration will be the USS MCFAUL and the USCG CUTTER GANNETT, per an announcement from the Alabama State Port Authority on Wednesday.
The two ships will berth at GulfQuest on South Water Street in downtown Mobile. The USS MCFAUL is scheduled to arrive on February 21 at 11:00 a.m., and the GANNET is set to arrive on February 24 at 9:00 a.m.
Both ships will be available for touring by the public. The MCFAUL from February 22-25 and the GANNET on February 25-26.
The MCFAUL is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, the 24th of its kind in the U.S. Navy. Her commanding officer is Commander Rusty J. Williams. The ship gets her name from war hero Petty Officer Donald L. McFaul (1957–1989).
The GANNET is a Protector-class Coastal Patrol Boat manned by the U.S. Coast Guard. When she is not being toured by the public, the GANNET protects America’s coastal waters and fisheries after launching from her homeport in Mobile.
Full information for the public tours included below as a courtesy of the Alabama State Port Authority and the United States Navy:
USS MCFAUL (DDG 74) Welcome Ceremony and Public Tours Info
- Welcome Ceremony: 11:00 am, CST, Friday, February 21, 2020. Alabama State Port Authority, Pier 2. Gates open at 9:30 am (CST).
- Public Tours: February 22-25, 2020 between the hours of 8:30 am – 11:00 am and 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (CST) Pier 2 Terminal, downtown Mobile, Ala.
- The gate entrance is located on the north side of the Mobile Convention Center on Water Street, Downtown Mobile, Ala.
- The Public is welcome, but all visitors are required to wear closed toe/heel shoes and carry valid identification. All guests will undergo security screening prior to entry to the facility.
USCGC GANNET Public Tours Info
- GANNET will moor at 9:00 am (CST) on February 24, 2020 at the GulfQuest Maritime Museum, 155 S Water Street, in downtown Mobile, Ala.
- Public Tours: February 24 between the hours of 11:00 am and 3:00 pm (CST), and February 25-26 between the hours of 10:00 am and 3:00 pm (CST).
- The Public is welcome, but all visitors are required to wear closed toe/heel shoes and carry valid identification.
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