It’s anchors aweigh in NYC May 21-27 for Fleet Week 2014, when New York City celebrates the Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen of the US Military and we civilians get the chance to tour their ships.
Before the official start on Wednesday with the Parade of Ships along the Hudson River, The US Navy Band gives a concert in Basking Ridge, New Jersey today, and tomorrow in Bryant Park noon to 1:30PM.
Here’s a short video invitation from some native New Yorkers serving aboard some of the ships participating in NYC Fleet Week, now in its 30th year.
Ships open to the public on Thursday, and include the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McFaul (DDG 74) from Norfolk, Va., the Harpers Ferry-class dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51) and USCG cutter Campbell (WMEC 909).
You’ll also be able to tour the USS Cole (DDG 67), an Arleigh Burke-class Aegis-equipped guided-missile destroyer, and U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) cutter Katherine Walker (WLM 552). The Cole, you’ll recall, was bombed by terrorists in Yemen in 2010, killing 17 servicemen, wounding 39, and seriously damaging the ship.
Ships for touring will be moored in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island. Fleet Week also includes military band concerts and exhibits showcasing the latest technology of the US maritime services. There are simply too many events to list here, so check the Fleet Week New York website for the full schedule.
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