Fleet Week New York (FWNY), the city’s celebration of the sea services, is gearing up to celebrate its 28th year.
Five U.S. Navy ships, four U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) Yard Patrol boats (YPs), two U.S. Coast Guard cutters (USCGC), and four Royal Canadian Navy ships will be part of this year’s celebration, lasting from Wednesday, May 25 — when they will parade through the Narrows — through Tuesday, May, 31 .
Ships appearing at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal include Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Farragut (DDG 99), from Mayport, Florida; Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Bainbridge (DDG 96), from Norfolk, Virginia; and Forward (WMEC 911), from Portsmouth, Virginia.
This year, around 4,500 servicemembers are expected to participate in the event, significantly higher than last year’s estimate.
Residents of the tri-state area will have the opportunity to meet Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, as well as witness firsthand the latest capabilities of today’s maritime services, a tradition held by the FWNY since 1984.
Fleet Week events are free to the public and will feature public visitation of participating ships, military band concerts, several exhibits and aviation demonstrations.
FWNY will participate in several Brooklyn events to attend, led by the 147th Kings County Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 30, starting at 11 a.m. on 101st Street and Fourth Avenue.
Other events include ship tours that will be conducted from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and several Read Aloud programs at public libraries in Sunset Park, Sheepshead Bay and Dyker Heights, which will feature a special reading with a sea service member.
For more information or a schedule of events, visit www.fleetweeknewyork.com or www.twitter.com/fleetweeknyc.