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Retired Navy captain shares story with Lions Club

By Staff | Mar 28, 2018


Ret. U.S. Navy Capt. Nori Ann Reed loved being at sea and on her ship, the U.S.S. Detroit. She was the first woman to command three Navy ships and among the first assigned aboard a ship. Reed recently shared her story at the Sanibel-Captiva Lions Club’s dinner meeting. She was the commanding officer of the Detroit when the 9-11 attacks occurred and was in home port in New Jersey. Reed could see the World Trade Towers and Statue of Liberty from the ship. The Detroit was known as a cantankerous ship, taking four days before ‘waking up’ and breaking down at inopportune times. However, on that fateful day, Reed – with half a crew – was able to get the Detroit underway in just a matter of hours. In her 30 years of service in the Navy, she also operated personnel ships and aircraft over 10 countries and 2.5 million square miles of water during Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. The next meeting is April 18 at The Community House on Sanibel; the Sanibel Police Department will talk about personal safety. Visiting Lions are welcome. For more information, visit sanibelcaptivalions.org or contact Steve Schulz at stevenschulz@comcast.net or 239-233-6261.