U.S. Marines and the U.S. Navy will float into New York City’s harbor for the week-long event. This year’s FWNYC will include public ship visitations, a variety of military demonstrations and a mix of new events and Member favorites like the Richard & Doris Scheuing CO-XO Reception.
This year, the USS Bataan — a U.S. Navy Wasp-class amphibious assault ship — will be part of the parade of ships during Fleet Week NYC. The historic ship served the nation during the attacks on 9/11 and provided humanitarian relief to the victims of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
ABOUT FLEET WEEK NYC
Fleet Week New York is in its fourth decade of celebrating the sea services and works with the New York Council Navy League. U.S. Naval vessels have been visiting NYC in a celebratory manner since the aftermath of the Spanish–American War in 1898. Even so, the very first official Fleet Week took place in New York City in 1988 and is generally timed to coincide with the Memorial Day holiday weekend.
The annual tradition known as FWNYC provides a rare opportunity for the citizens of New York and its neighboring boroughs to meet Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, as well as witness firsthand the latest capabilities of today’s maritime services. During Fleet Week, there are many events each year to show active-duty visitors, the local public and the national media how the Navy League values and honors those who uphold the traditions of the maritime services.
We say Welcome Back Fleet Week NYC! This annual weekly event affords our communities a wonderful first-hand insight into our nation’s men and women of service and the mighty ships that protect our waters and our lives. We encourage everyone to catch an event, take a selfie with a sailor and get Socially Sparked®!