USS Fort McHenry Public Tours Lottery is now closed
The USS Fort McHenry docked in Dublin Port on August 30th as part of U.S. 6th Fleet engagement efforts. The Public Tours lottery for the USS Fort McHenry is closed. Please note you will receive email confirmation from the U.S. Embassy if you were successful in the lottery. Only those who receive email confirmation will be permitted to tour the ship.
Later this year, Fort McHenry and embarked U.S. Marines will support the Africa Partnership Station (APS) 2012. APS is a series of activities designed to build maritime safety and security in Africa through working together with African and other international partners. APS is inspired by the belief that effective maritime safety and security will contribute to economic prosperity and security on land.
In her 25 years afloat, USS Fort McHenry has willingly accepted every challenge thrown her way with grace and dignity. She helped clean up the Exxon Valdez oil spill, participated in Operation Desert Storm, and various exercises with Asian/Pacific nations.
Fort McHenry has time and time again dedicated herself to humanitarian efforts. In 2005, she participated in Operation Unified Response to provide relief to victims of the tsunami. In January 2010, Fort McHenry sailed to Haiti to aid the victims of the devastating earthquake. Hundreds of sailors dedicated their time and sweat to clearing roads and providing food and water to thousands affected.
The ship's namesake is Fort McHenry, a fortification erected on Whetstone Point to defend the port of Baltimore. Fort McHenry is best known for its defense of the United States' newly-won independence during the War of 1812. On September 13, 1814, during the Battle of Baltimore, the Fort McHenry withstood a 25 hour continuous bombardment by the invading British. The sight of the battered American flag the morning after that night-long bombardment reassured Francis Scott Key that the British attack on Baltimore had failed and moved him to write the lyrics that eventually became the U.S. national anthem.
Fort McHenry is conducting this port visit as part of a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.
To see more information about USS Fort McHenry, please visit http://www.fort-mchenry.navy.mil/