From the left, Baltimore Council member Jim Sagerholm
and President Alan Walden stand with Adm. John C.
Harvey Jr., commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, after
Harvey’s discussion of the Battle of Trafalgar at the St.
George Society of Maryland Oct. 23.
Baltimore Council Board Member Gene Nuth and Walden
are flanked, left to right, by Navy Junior Reserve Officers’
Training Corps (JROTC) Cadets Canaan Pryor, Tabitha
Laws, Alexus Roscoe and Rashad Brooks-Harris at the
Woodlawn High School JROTC awards ceremony Oct. 20.
broadside to broadside. Instead,
Nelson sent in his ships-of-the-line in
two columns, like arrows shot from a
bow, and broke the enemy line in two
places. Nelson commanded the
windward division aboard HMS
Victory. The leeward squadron was
led by Adm. Cuthbert Collingwood
aboard HMS Royal Sovereign.
In the melee that followed, the
Franco-Spanish armada was routed and lost dozens of ships. Nelson, however, got no time to savor
his triumph. He was shot by a
French sharpshooter during the
battle and died several hours later.
The Battle of Trafalgar, Harvey
said, ended any hope Napoleon
had of controlling the seas and
allowing his army free rein wherever and whenever it marched.
Following his lively and entertaining discussion, Harvey answered
questions from the audience regarding not only what happened at
Trafalgar, but also how “The Nelson
Touch,” which required individual
initiative on the part of his captains,
applies to naval tactics today.
On Oct. 20, Walden and Council
Board Member Gene Nuth, chair-
man of the Youth Committee, par-
ticipated in the annual Navy Junior
Reserve Officers’ Training Corps
(JROTC) awards ceremony at
Woodlawn High School in Balti-
Hosts Fleet Week
More than 9,000 sea service members and 11 ships pulled into San
Francisco Oct. 9-13 for the city’s
22nd Fleet Week festivities that
included a ceremony commemorating Korean War veterans, a Sailor’s
Liberty Festival, an Italian Heritage
Day parade, an all-hands barbecue,
ship tours for the public and a performance by the Navy’s Blue Angels
aerial demonstration team.
The guided-missile destroyer USS
Hopper, guided-missile cruisers USS
Shiloh and Mobile Bay, frigate USS
Thach and U.S. Coast Guard Cutter
Active were among the parade of
ships that arrived at the San
Francisco piers at Fisherman’s
Wharf. Former Mayor Willie L.
Brown, former Secretary of State
George Schultz and retired Vice
Adm. Michael J. McCabe, former
commander, U.S. Third Fleet, officially kicked off the event.
Navy Leaguers from around the
Pacific Central Region were on
hand to greet the ships and host a
barbecue Oct. 10.
As part of Fleet Week, a group
of Marines worked with San
Francisco officials on an earthquake relief strategy. A planning
session was held aboard the amphibious assault ship Bonhomme
Richard, and Marines received
training from San Francisco firefighters in urban search-and-rescue
techniques on Treasure Island,
according to a report in the Los
Visiting service members also
took part in a variety of community
service projects. About 100 Sailors
and Marines helped with habitat
restoration at the San Francisco
Zoo, while about 40 worked on
landscaping and maintenance pro-