(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- Miami-Dade County will soon receive a special visit from members of the United Kingdom's Royal Navy. The HMS Dauntless, which is referenced in the famed film "Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl" as "the pride of the Royal Navy," will pull in to the Port of Miami on Thursday, July 21, 2011 at 8 a.m.
While the ship will not be open for public tours, Commissioner Jose "Pepe" Diaz, the County's military liaison, is inviting residents to get a great view of the ship coming into port at South Pointe Park, 1 Washington Avenue, in Miami Beach.
Members of the media are invited to photograph the ship's arrival into the port and participate in a guided tour of the vessel. Reporters will have an opportunity to interview the ship's captain, British Consul General, and Commissioner Jose "Pepe" Diaz. Additionally, reporters and meteorologists are invited to conduct live broadcasts at the port, alongside the ship. All media coverage for the HMS Dauntless must be coordinated through the British Consulate-General Miami by contacting Janielle Lange at 305-498-4660 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Interviews with Commissioner Diaz can be coordinated through Olga Vega at 786-258-1635 or email@example.com.
The 500-foot long Type 45 air-warfare destroyer will bring its crew of 240 to Miami's shores, where its military members will enjoy the sights until July 24. As the captain and crew come in, the Miami-Dade Defense Alliance will provide them with a welcome package which includes information, discounts and coupons for area restaurants, as well as attractions.
The warm greeting is part of a program sponsored by Commissioner Diaz last year to promote and welcome military and Coast Guard vessels to the Port of Miami as a port of call. The program addresses plans for bringing the vessels to the Port, welcoming visiting soldiers and sailors, and informing the public of visiting vessels. Commissioner Diaz himself will later be presenting the ship's captain, Mr. Richard Powell, with a distinguished visitor certificate and County key.
"Having military vessels or ships like the HMS Dauntless visit Miami-Dade County has a significant economic impact on our community," said Commissioner Diaz. "We want to show all military vessels that stop in Miami that we are a military-friendly city happy to help them during their stay, whether for business or for pleasure."
For more information, please contact Commissioner Diaz's office at 305-599-1200.