Presidential Debate Taking Place Steps From Historic Naval Vessel

BROOKLYN, N.Y., April 14, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ Tonight's Democratic Presidential debate between Senator Bernie Sanders and Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will take place at the Duggal Greenhouse on the Brooklyn Navy Yard, formerly one of the most storied shipbuilding facilities in the United States' naval military history and currently home to Baylander IX-514 - a Vietnam-era US Naval vessel, which was used as a helicopter landing trainer for the Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard and National Guard.

"We are honored to welcome Senator Sanders, Secretary Clinton and Wolf Blitzer to the Brooklyn Navy Yard," said Captain Scott Koen. "Last year we brought Baylander to Brooklyn Bridge Park so that thousands of New Yorkers would have the opportunity to visit, see and learn about a ship that was fully operational and designed to support helicopters from all military services and government agencies. We are honored this year to be able to host prominent artists and their installations for local residents and continue to establish Baylander IX-514 as a member of the Brooklyn community."

About Baylander IX-514

The Helicopter Landing Trainer (HLT), IX-514, began operations in April 1986 as a cost-effective training vessel, greatly needed to provide student Naval Aviators with underway single-spot deck landing qualifications. Equipped with a flight deck similar in size and appearance to that found on the Oliver Hazard Perry class frigate, the HLT is certified to land and conduct flight operations with all but the largest helicopters found in the U.S. military. Baylander is owned by The Trenk Family Foundation and captained by Scott Koen. Al Trenk, a longtime aviation specialist and philanthropist, helped bring the Navy vessel to Brooklyn.

Currently, Baylander IX-514 is preparing to host Fly By Night, artist Duke Riley's public artwork of unprecedented scale and beauty. The installation will be open May 7 through June 12. More information can be found at:

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