Robots, Helicopters And Armored Vehicles Due In Nashville For Marine Week

Aug 8, 2016

It’s not every day that a military aircraft lands in downtown Nashville’s tourism district. But that’s one of the special permissions that require Metro Council approval before Marine Week in September, when 700 members of the Corps will come to town to show off their skills and heavy-duty equipment.

For its annual public celebration, the Marines chose Nashville as a city that would benefit by being able to meet Corps members face-to-face and learn more about their land, air and sea firepower.

A convoy of armored vehicles will roll into town, along with a Howitzer cannon and robots, plus helicopters above.

“That’s part of the show itself, is watching this equipment arrive and land and come into the city,” said Lauren Schulz, head of community outreach for the Marines. She says the logistics are about a year in the making.

The week-long event will culminate in two large demonstrations on the Cumberland River, which will include a helicopter landing on The Green, next to Ascend Amphitheater.

“We’ll do like a simulation as if we’re doing a raid in real life,” Schulz said. “A simulation of a rescue mission, essentially.”

The final schedule is still in the works — and will include performances by the Marine Corps Band, playing music that’s tailored to Tennessee.

Stationary exhibits of armored vehicles, robots and various helicopters will be along First Avenue.