Fleet Week New York Kicks Off With Parade of Ships
NEW YORK — Five U.S. Navy ships, four U.S. Naval Academy Yard Patrol boats (YPs), two U.S. Coast Guard cutters (USCGCs) and one Royal Canadian Navy ship are set to arrive in the New York Harbor May 24, beginning at 8 a.m., to participate in the 2017 Fleet Week New York Parade of Ships, the Navy Region Mid-Atlantic announced in a release on May 23.
Approximately 3,700 Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen and women will partake this year.
Participating ships will include the following:
■ Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge from Norfolk, Va. Kearsarge will be embarking several hundred Marines from Camp Lejeune, N.C.
■ Legend-class USCGC Hamilton from Charleston, S.C.
■ Kingston-class coastal defense vessel HMCS Glace Bay from Canadian Forces Base Halifax.
■ Four YPs from Annapolis, Md.
■ Oceanographic research ship RV Neil Armstrong from Woods Hole, Mass.
■ Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS San Jacinto from Norfolk, Va.
■ Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS Monterey from Norfolk, Va.
■ Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Lassen from Mayport, Fla.
■ Keeper-class USCGC Katherine Walker from Bayonne, N.J.
■ Cyclone-class patrol coastal ship USS Zephyr from Mayport, Fla.
■ Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport USNS Yuma.
The ships can be seen along the Hudson River from Battery Park to just south of the George Washington Bridge. The flagship, Kearsarge, is scheduled to render a 7-gun salute as the ship passes Fort Hamilton on Long Island. Fort Hamilton will conduct a 15-gun salute in return.
Ships will be open for general public tours starting at 8 a.m. May 25.
Now in its 29th year, Fleet Week New York is the city’s time-honored celebration of the sea services. It is an unparalleled opportunity for the citizens of New York and the surrounding tristate area to meet sea service personnel as well as witness firsthand the latest capabilities of today’s maritime services. Fleet Week New York also will be commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Naval Construction Forces’ Seabees.