Anchors aweigh! Get ready for NYC Fleet Week 2018, when more than 3,500 US Navy sailors, Marines and Coast Guard men and women visit NYC, there are nearly one dozen ships to tour, and dozens of band concerts and other events. All events are FREE and family-friendly.
The 30th annual NYC Fleet Week 2018, which celebrates all the Sea Services, is May 23-29, with Navy Band concerts and drill performances, demonstrations of the latest battle and rescue technology, and the chance to tour ships on active duty.
The signature events of Fleet Week include the traditional Parade of Ships on the Hudson River, and the traditional showing of the movie Top Gun on the top deck of the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.
NYC Fleet Week 2018 welcomes four U.S. Navy ships, three U.S. Coast Guard cutters, four U.S. Naval Academy Patrol boats(YPs), two Military Sealift Command ships, and one Royal Canadian Navy vessel.
The Parade of Ships officially kicks off 2018 Fleet Week New York, on Wed., May 23. The ships can be seen along the Hudson River from Battery Park to just south of the George Washington Bridge.
The flagship, USS Arlington (LPD 24), is scheduled to render a salute as the ship passes Fort Hamilton on Long Island. Fort Hamilton will conduct an 11-gun salute in return.
Here are the visiting ships, which will be open for touring daily, FREE. Note that visitors over 18 will be required to show a government-issued ID for boarding.
We’ll share the FREE concert and events schedule when the U.S. Navy public affairs office releases it.
Ship tours during Fleet Week are daily 8am to 6pm, except for ships docked at the Intrepid, which open for public tours at 10am.
Ships open for visiting and pier locations in
Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island include:
Manhattan, Pier 90
San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Arlington (LPD24) from Norfolk, Virginia
- Arlington will embark several hundred Marines from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
Kingston-class coastal defence vessel HMCS Moncton (MM 708), fromCanadian Forces Base Halifax
Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, Pier 86
Four USNA YPs, from Annapolis, Maryland (Vessels depart Saturday, May 26)
Sentinel-class cutter USCGC Richard Snyder(PC1127), from Atlantic Beach, North Carolina
Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, Red Hook
Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Mitsche (DDG5), from Norfolk, Virginia
Homeport Pier, Staten Island
Freedom- class littoral combat shipUSS Little Rock(LCS 9), from Mayport, Florida
Bay-class cutterUSCGCSturgeon Bay(WTG109), from Bayonne,New Jersey
Reliance- classcutter USCGCDiligence(WMEC616), from Wilmington, NorthCarolina
Pathfinder-class oceanographic survey ship USNS Maury (T-AGS 66)