|The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57), right, |
provides a warm welcome to the French tall ship replica the Hermione
in the vicinity of the Virginia Capes.
(Photo by MC1 Michael Sandberg)
The original Hermione was the ship that brought French General Marquis de Lafayette to America in 1780 to inform Gen. George Washington the French army was on its way to assist the United States in the war effort, paving the way for victory.
The symbolic return of the Hermione will pay homage to Lafayette and this historic relationship between France and the U.S. Throughout June, the Hermione will make several stops in Virginia (including Yorktown where victory was declared) as well as Baltimore and Philadelphia. In July, the ship will continue up the East Coast. For a complete schedule, visit the Hermione Voyage 2015 web site.
We will post more information on events surrounding the arrival of the Hermione as we get closer.