Navy to Host Lego Shipbuilding Event in Norfolk

LEGO model of a Fletcher-Class Destroyer
A LEGO model of a Fletcher-Class Destroyer on display in the gallery of the Hampton Roads Naval Museum attracted a plethora of visitors on Saturday, December 8, 2019. (U.S. Navy photo/Max Lonzanida)

The good ship Lego is docking Saturday in Norfolk for the 9th Annual Lego Brick by Brick Shipbuilding Event.

The Navy’s popular event will be held at the Decker Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center in downtown Norfolk.

Sponsored by the Hampton Roads Naval Museum, which is next door to the center, the free outing runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Navy uses the Lego-fest to introduce children to science, technology, engineering, mathematics and naval history. The Navy provides Lego kits for participants to build ships and also sets up a free-play area where people can design their own creations.

A quiet space for alternative-needs children will be available.

The Navy will hold two contests: one for those who make ships on site and another for those who build them at home in advance. Registration is not required in advance for either age-based competition.

There will be hands-on robotic demonstrations, too, and professional Lego display models. One of this year’s displays is of a Fletcher-class Destroyer.

That model bears the signature of Adm. James Holloway, who died in November. Holloway served aboard a Fletcher destroyer during World War II, commanded a squadron at Naval Air Station Oceana and was the first commanding officer of the nuclear-powered USS Enterprise. He served as the chief of naval operations from 1974 to 1978.

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