Hundreds of military personnel from the U.S. Coast Guard, Navy and Marines are taking a bite of the Big Apple during the 27th Annual Fleet Week. Civilians are also getting the opportunity explore the world of America’s military sea services by touring military vessels, attending air shows and other demonstrations during the Memorial Day weekend.
Kicking off on Wednesday, Fleet Week runs through May 26. On Wednesday, three U.S. Navy ships, four U.S. Naval Academy Yard Patrol boats, and two U.S. Coast Guard cutters particiapted in the Parade of Ships. The ships were seen along the Hudson River from Battery Park to just south of the George Washington Bridge and are available for public tours.
This year’s ships available for tours include the USS San Antonio, USCG cutter Spenser, USS Barry and the USS Stout.
On Friday, ship tours were held aboard U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard ships on Staten Island and at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in Manhattan. There will also be U.S. Navy dive demonstrations. The Navy Band Northeast’s “Rhode Island Sound” and the U.S. Marine (USMC) Band will also perform.
On Memorial Day, a ceremony was held at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument and there were parades in Brooklyn and Staten Island.
For more information and full schedule of events for Fleet Week log onto www.fleetweeknewyork.com.