The Parade of Ships on New York’s Waters kicks off the 30th anniversary of Fleet Week NY on Wednesday. Fourteen ships entered New York’s Hudson River Harbor this morning on their way to dock for seven days.
Now in its 30th year, FWNY is the city’s time-honored celebration of the sea services. It provides citizens of New York and the surrounding tri-state area an opportunity to meet Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, as well as witness firsthand the amazing capabilities of today’s maritime services. For a full schedule of Fleet Week NYC events visit the Fleet Week website: www.militarynews.com/app/fleetweeknewyork/events.html.
Among the many vessels arriving in New York is the amphibious transport dock ship USS ARLINGTON which is named for Arlington County, Virginia, in honor of the 184 men and women that lost their lives on September 11, 2001 in the attack on the Pentagon.
ABOUT FLEET WEEK
Fleet Week is a United States Navy, United States Marine Corps and United States Coast Guard tradition in which active military ships recently deployed in overseas operations dock in a variety of major cities for one week. At certain hours the public can take a guided tour of the ships. Fleet Week is often accompanied by military demonstrations and air shows like those provided by the renowned Blue Angels.
The full roster of 2018 Fleet Week Cities includes: Ft. Lauderdale, Fl (Broward Navy Days) April 30-May 6; New York City, NY (Fleet Week New York) May 23-29; Portland, OR (Rose Festival) June 6-10; Seattle, WA (Seafair Festival) TBD; Los Angeles, CA (LA Fleet Week) August 31-September 3; Baltimore, MD (Maryland Fleet Week & Air Show Baltimore) October 3-9 and San Diego, CA (Fleet Week San Diego) October 22-28.
Fleet Week 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!