FORT HAMILTON


Fleet Week New York kicks off with Parade of Ships

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NEW YORK (NRMA) Five U.S. Navy ships, four U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) Yard Patrol boats (YPs), two U.S. Coast Guard cutters (USCGC), and one Royal Canadian Navy ship are set to arrive in the New York Harbor tomorrow, beginning at 8 a.m., to participate in the 2017 Fleet Week New York Parade of Ships.

Approximately 3,700 Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen will partake this year.

Participating ships will include the following:

Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), from Norfolk, Virginia. USS Kearsarge will be embarking several hundred Marines from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
Legend-class cutter USCGC Hamilton (WMSL 753), from Charleston, South Carolina
Kingston-class coastal defence vessel HMCS Glace Bay (MM 701), from Canadian Forces Base Halifax
Four USNA YPs, from Annapolis, Maryland
Oceanographic research ship RV Neil Armstrong (AGOR 27), from Woods Hole, Massachusetts
Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS San Jacinto (CG 56), from Norfolk, Virginia
Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61), from Norfolk, Virginia
Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82), from Mayport, Florida
Cyclone-class patrol coastal ship USS Zephyr (PC 8), from Mayport, Florida
Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport USNS Yuma (EPF 8)

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 Thursday, May 25 at 8 a.m.

Now in its 29th year, FWNY 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 tri-state area to meet Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, as well as witness firsthand the latest capabilities of today's maritime services. FWNY will be commemorating the 75th Anniversary of Naval Construction Forces' "Seabees."

For up-to-date information on all FWNY events, visit the official FWNY website at www.fleetweeknewyork.com, "Like" FleetWeekNewYork on Facebook, or "Follow" @FleetWeekNYC on Twitter. FWNY photos can be viewed on Flickr at www.flickr.com/photos/fwnypao and Instagram at www.instagram.com/fleetweeknyc. Join the conversation on social media by using #FleetWeekNYC. Follow the Seabee Commemoration at #Seabee75th.

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