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Jenna Bush Hager reveals she is 'setting sail' on unexpected new adventure close to her heart

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Beatriz Colon
Beatriz ColonOnline News WriterNew York
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Jenna Bush Hager is departing on an adventure unlike any other! The star revealed on the Today Show that she would be "setting sail," quite literally, in honor of the return of New York's iconic Fleet Week.

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Fleet Week is a legendary event that takes place in New York City at the beginning of every summer, which honors the US Navy and armed forces.

The morning show host is celebrating its return to in-person festivities by boarding the historic USS Bataan, which has a special meaning to New York City, having served the nation during the 9/11 attacks in lower Manhattan. 

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"I'm so excited to get onboard and meet the brave men and women who serve on the USS Bataan," Jenna announced.

The naval adventure holds extra special meaning to her heart, since her grandfather, former President George H.W. Bush served in the Navy. He was a Navy pilot from 1942 to 1945, in the midst of World War II.

She detailed just how special of an honor it is to be able to commemorate Fleet Week and the US Navy, revealing that: "The last time I was on an aircraft carrier was actually when my grandfather had an aircraft carrier named after him, the USS George H.W. Bush."

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Jenna was extremely close to her grandparents, and wrote a book about them

"It was when she was commissioned, which was a really, really special day for my family," she added.

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Today reported that: "Jenna will take a helicopter to board the ship off the coast of New York before it sails to Pier 88S in Manhattan, helping mark Fleet Week's return to the city for the first time since the pandemic started."

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The historic boat is packed with Naval officers and sailors ahead of Fleet Week

Once on the USS Bataan, the mom-of-three will attempt to adapt to the army boat lifestyle, even if only for a day. 

She intends to follow the crew as they demonstrate to her what a typical day for them looks like, speak to its commanding officer, Captain Joseph Murphy, try to keep up as they do firefighting drills, and, to ensure she gets the full experience, she will even have meals with the crew and sleep overnight on the ship.

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