30-year anniversary of Fleet Week New York kicks off
Todd Piro reports about the parade of ships in New York City.
NEW YORK – New York City ongoing Fleet Week is offering dozens of free events for the public, ranging from the ship traveling to the marine Corps, martial arts demonstrations, however, the sailors say some of the things that they are looking forward to the most are not found anywhere else.
“I haven’t been here in 10 years,” said the Command Master Chief Charles Eakley of the USS Arlington, a native New Yorker whose ship is one of the 14 on the display. “I got a brand new granddaughter, still do not know her yet, go see her on Saturday and that is one of my biggest highlights.”
For those who are on board of another ship in the city by means of Memorial Day, the guided missile destroyer USS Addition, one of the foods that the Big Apple is most famous for is in high demand after a long time at sea.
“Addition has been for almost 30 days before we pulled in, so the sailors are craving for some New York pizza and just get out on the town and do some sightseeing,” said the commander, Matt Cox. “The 9/11 Memorial is fairly new, not many sailors have seen, so we look forward to checking that out.”
A helicopter aboard the USS Arlington, one of the ships that can be visited by the public during the New York City’s Fleet Week.
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For the public, the Addition, which Cox says, “has a very modern combat system able to perform a wide variety of missions, and perform just about any mission that the Navy can ask her warships to do,” can be visited daily at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, while the other ships of the U.S. Navy and coast guard and one from the Canadian Royal Navy — are available to explore in the neighborhoods of Manhattan and Staten Island.
Approximately 2,300 sailors are expected to be in New York City by 29 May for Fleet Week. On board of the Addition, the average age of the team is around 25 years old, Cox says.
“That gives you an idea of what we ask of the young people in America,” he added. “I could not be more proud of the men and women on board Addition. They are a fantastic group of people, fully dedicated to the Navy of the United States and meet the mission.”
The ships in New York City for Fleet Week, be invoked by the Navy and the coast guard for a variety of missions, ranging from combat to humanitarian aid.
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A dip tank is set on Times Square, and search and rescue demonstrations by the coast guard are also among the many events this weekend that the Navy says, who are interested in participating in a taste of what experiences await them.
The week will be capped off on Memorial Day with various parades, a flyover and the unfurling of a giant American flag on the deck of the USS Intrepid.
For a full list of events and times, click here.