Fleet Week, that magical time of year when New York City (well, parts of Manhattan) is flooded with seamen and seawomen in uniform, kicks off today with the Parade of Ships.
According to a press release, there will be three Navy ships, two Coast Guard cutters and four Naval Academy Yard Patrol boats in the procession—"the amphibious transport dock USS San Antonio (LPD 17), Arleigh Burke-class Aegis guided-missile destroyers USS Barry (DDG 52) and USS Stout (DDG 55), 703-class USNA Yard Patrol boats, and U.S. Coast Guard cutters Sturgeon Bay (WTGB 109) and Spencer (WMEC 905)." The FDNY's newest boat, Fireboat 343 (named after the 343 firefighters who died during the 9/11 attacks), will be among them.
Marines and Sailors aboard amphibious dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51) man the rails as they arrive at Manhattan May 21 for Fleet Week New York City 2014. (FWNY)
The Stout will lead the ships, which will enter New York Harbor at about 10 a.m. Then the ships can be seen heading up the Hudson River from Battery park to the George Washington Bridge.
This is Fleet Week's 27th year in New York (it missed 2013 because of stupid Congress) and there are events all over the city celebrating the Navy, Marines and Coast Guard. Nearly 2,000 Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen are expected to participate. Here's the schedule—at 6:30 a.m., there's a Marine boot camp in Bryant Park!