The U.S. Navy will send a ship to visit Rockland during the 63rd annual Maine Lobster Festival in August.

The announcement was made March 2 by U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine.

“I could not be more pleased to announce that a U.S. Navy ship will travel to Maine to join Rockland in celebrating the world-renown Maine Lobster Festival in August,” Snowe said in a news release. “This ship’s visit will be an even greater draw for not only Mainers, but individuals nationwide for this annual, iconic event in our great state.”

In 2009, for the first time in more than 30 years, there was no Navy ship in attendance at the annual festival, which is held during the first weekend of August. This year the festival will be held Aug. 4 to Aug. 8 at Harbor and Buoy Park.

Last year, the Navy’s director of public affairs said the Navy receives hundreds of requests for port visits every year. Citing operational and homeland security demands, the department spokesman said such visits were being cut back and only port visits associated with operational requirements or ones that had minimal fuel consumption impact were being approved.

It has not been announced which ship will visit Rockland this summer.