Tomorrow marks the beginning of the 22nd annual Fleet Week celebrations, which run through May 27. Thousands of sailors, marines, and Coast Guardsmen from the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard will be on hand during this celebration of sea services. At 10 a.m., there will be a Parade of Ships, which will pass the Verrazano Narrows Bridge, proceed north through New York Harbor and the Hudson River, and to the George Washington Bridge. The ships will pass the WTC site between 11 a.m. and noon, and, according to the Navy, "each ship will render honors in memory of the sacrifices made on Sept. 11, 2001." And, there will also be a military flyover as part of the festivities—don't freak out!

Six ships will be taking part in the parade in a "wedge formation":

At the front of the wedge is the U.S. Coast Guard buoy tender Katherine Walker. The rest of the wedge consists of three U.S. Navy coastal patrol craft - the Tempest, Hurricane and Thunderbolt, and two Army vessels - the Gelding and Hayward. Following the wedge is the guided missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72), then two Canadian ships, the air defense destroyer HMCS Athabaskan, and the multi-role patrol frigate HMCS Fredericton. Next in line is the U.S. Coast Guard high endurance cutter Spencer, followed by two more Canadian ships, the multi-role patrol frigate HMCS Montreal, and the multi-role patrol frigate HMCS St. John’s. The final ship in the Parade of Ships is the guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80).

Due to New York City area tides, the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) with a special purpose Marine air-ground task force embarked, will not be part of the Parade of Ships, as it will be mooring at Pier 88 in Manhattan much earlier Wednesday morning. The USS Roosevelt will be moored at Pier 90 next to the Iwo Jima. The Vella Gulf, Tempest, Hurricane, Thunderbolt, and the five Canadian ships will all be moored at Staten Island.

Here's more information about the ships and here's a PDF with a schedule of events.

What's also exciting is that the Intrepid is back for Fleet Week. There are a number of activities there—here's the Intrepid website— such as the reopening of the Growler (Thursday, May 21), a special Iwo Jima commemoration (Friday, May 22), athletic competitions between marines and sailors (like tug of war; Saturday, May 23), and a Memorial Day ceremony with the unfurling of a 100-foot flag, a 3-volley rifle salute, and military flyover (Monday, May 25).