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This year's "Mardi Gras" ship has arrived in the Port City

Throughout Navy Week sailors from various commands will be in town. (WPMI)

This year's "Mardi Gras" ship has arrived in the Port City

The USS Mitscher sailed in Friday morning with hundreds of sailors on board.

The ship's motto is "seize the day" and that's exactly what nearly 300 sailors on board the USS Mitscher plan to do.

"Actually I'm ready to try the local food and actually get out and see the public and meet everybody," said Matthew Means, 21, who said he had never heard of Mobile before today, when his ship came sailing into the Port City just in time for Mardi Gras.

"It makes me more proud to start serving and do what we do to feel the appreciation from the public. It is actually very heartwarming," said Means.

Throughout Navy Week sailors from various commands will be in town.

Command Master Chief Antonio Perryman of the USS Harry S. Truman is one of them.

Through the years the Mobile native has worked his way up the ranks of the Navy.

His message for kids watching at home? Dream big.

"I had my mother and grandmother they raised me well gave me everything they had. I'm from Orange Grove projects I graduated from Murphy High School in 1989 and I'm thankful for that," said Perryman.

Saturday between 8 and 10 a.m. and then again from 1 to 3 p.m the USS Mitscher will be open for public tours. It's docked beside the Convention Center.

And at 2 Sunday afternoon you can watch a Navy Band concert at the USS Alabama park pavilion.

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