EVERETT — Saturday is the big day. For the first time in two years, Naval Station Everett will open its gates to the public for tours of three Navy ships, including the USS Nimitz.
In addition to tours of the Nimitz, the public can get a close-up look at a guided missile destroyer, the USS Shoup, and a frigate, the USS Rodney M. Davis.
The public can come to the base at 2000 W. Marine View Drive beginning at 10 a.m. Government-issued photo identification, such as a driver’s license, is required to enter the base.
No backpacks, coolers or bags larger than a purse will be allowed. Food and drinks will be available for purchase on the base.
Ship tours begin at 11 a.m. Buses will take people from the central part of the base to the piers. Tours of the Nimitz begin every half hour.
To participate on the ship tours, children must be 8 years or older and adults must be able to walk. That’s because of the way the ships are designed, with vertical ladders and things that could be a trip hazard.
Those who can’t take the tours can takes buses to the pier to see the ships.
The last time the community day was scheduled at the station was 2012, when an estimated 5,000 people turned out.
Visitors are encouraged to take a bus to the event. There will be no on-base parking except for people with a handicap-parking stickers. Buses on Route 6 will leave the Everett Transit Station, 3201 Smith Ave., every 15 minutes from 9 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.