"Fleet Week New York provides an opportunity for the citizens of New York City and the surrounding tri-state area to meet Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, as well as see, first-hand, the latest capabilities of today's maritime services," says the organizers.
What do you get if you combine a burst of patriotism, a dozen seriously high-tech naval vessels, some achingly elegant historic sailboats, great public relations, the Statue of Liberty and thousands of sailors? Fleet Week in New York.
Fleet Week New York 2012This year, Fleet Week New York marks several important events.
- 2012 is the 25th anniversary of Fleet Week New York.
- This year's joint OpSail/U.S. Navy commemorates the bicentennial of the War of 1812.
- It also honors the writing of the US national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner. It was first penned as a poem by Francis Scott Key, after watching the bombardment of the American Fort McHenry by the British Royal Navy ships in the War of 1812. Eventually the song became a standard for the US Navy and, eventually, of course, the US national anthem of the United States of America. (Can you sing all the words? Lyrics to the Star Spangled Banner
The opening of Fleet Week is marked by the popular Parade of Ships, which passes under the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge en route to the Statue of Liberty. The parade passes very near to some excellent viewing spots in Bay Ridge.
The Parade of Sail featuring some of the most magnificent sailing vessels in the world, and a parade of military ships representing the U.S. Navy and coalition navies from four countries.
Read a fascinating description of all the boats. (Or, bring it with you when you watch the procession.)
Public visiting Saturday, Sunday, Monday only, on Piers 7 and 8 at 90 Columbia St., Brooklyn.
Ships in the Procession
- Tall Ship JUAN SEBASTIAN de ELCANO of Spain
- Tall Ship CUAUHTEMOC of Mexico
- Tall Ship ETOILE of France
- Tall Ship LA BELLE POULE of France
- HMCS IROQUIS of Canada
- JS SHIRANE of Japan
- FNS POHJANMAA of Finland
- RFA ARGUS of Great Britain
In addition, this year, Fleet Week ships in Brooklyn will include Coalition naval vessels. They are British, Canadian, Japanese and Finnish, a reminder that the US is still at war. They include:
- tribal-class destroyer HMCS Iroquois (Canada)
- destroyer JS Shirane (Japan)
- minelayer FNS Pohjanmma (Finland)
- the auxiliary ship RFA Argus (United Kingdom)