Command Information Bureau
A decommissioning Command Information Bureau (CIB) will be established at
the NAS Pensacola Public Affairs Office from November 4 8, 1991. Lt. Maureen
Ford is the USS LEXINGTON (AVT 16) Public Affairs Officer and is the CIB
director. Telephone numbers for the CIB are (904) 452-2311/2. The automatic
telefax line is (904) 452-2760 (all day) or 452-2514 (after 4 p.m. only).
If there is enough interest, a media tour will be available on Thursday,
November 7. The tour will include the flight deck hangar bay and bridge. Requests
for tours earlier in the week will be handled on a case-by-case basis. No tours will
be provided on Friday and Saturday, November 8 and 9. The ship will not be open
to the general public.
Decommissioning Ceremony Friday, 8 November 1991
News media representatives will be escorted to the USS LEXINGTON from the
main gate parking lot at NAS Pensacola for coverage of the decommissioning
ceremony. The ceremony will begin promptly at 10 a.m. Media will be escorted
from the main gate as early as 0800 to set up pier side by 0915. The commanding
officer, executive officer, command master chief and various crew members will be
available following the ceremony for a media availability and interviews.
Satellite/Microwave Truck Parking
On November 8, only microwave and satellite trucks will be allowed to park near
the pier. No media vehicles will be allowed to park on the pier. Television affiliates
should bring about 1,000 feet of cable to connect between the media stand and the
satellite/microwave truck parking area.
A platform will be provided directly across from the ceremony site for
photographers and cameramen. Photographers will be allowed to roam in back of
the crowds on the pier. If sufficient interest exists, a small pool will be allowed to
go in front of the audience under escort.
Special Request/Ceremony Speakers
Attempts will be made following the ceremony to allow interested media
representatives to speak with selected ceremony participants. Anyone interested in
speaking with a particular ceremony participant should make those desires known
to Lt. Ford as soon as possible.