2017 Fleet Week New York Comes to a Close

Five U.S. Navy ships, a U.S. Coast Guard cutter, and a Military Sealift Command ship departed Manhattan, Brooklyn, Staten Island, and the Bronx, May 30, signaling the completion of the 2017 Fleet Week New York (FWNY).

Ship departures were as follows:
* USS Zephyr (PC 8) departed at approximately 7:30 a.m. from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point
* USS Lassen (DDG 82) departed at approximately 8:15 a.m. from the Homeport Pier in Staten Island
* USS San Jacinto (CG 56) departed at approximately 8:45 a.m., with USS Monterey (CG 61) following at 9:15 a.m. from the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal (in the Red Hook community)
* USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) departed Pier 88 at approximately 10 a.m.
* USNS Yuma (EPF 8) departed the SUNY Maritime College in the Bronx at approximately 1:30 p.m.

In addition to Navy ships, USCGC Hamilton (WMSL 753) and HMCS Glace Bay (MM 701) also departed the area.

Throughout the week-long event, nearly 3,700 Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen participated in numerous community relations projects, including visits to local area schools, revitalization projects with Habitat for Humanity, and outreach efforts through Project HOPE, as well as assisting in soup kitchens and senior centers to provide a helping hand to the citizens of New York who graciously hosted them.

At public venues, such Eisenhower Park, Navy (USN) and Marine Corps (USMC) aviation teams showcased a variety of troop insertions, Coast Guard (USCG) helicopters demonstrated search and rescue operations, and Navy divers showcased their skills in Times Square.

Navy Band Northeast, as well as the USCG Silent Drill Team and USMC Battle Color Detachment, performed for thousands of onlookers throughout the city.

Service members also participated in a reenlistment and promotion ceremony at the 9/11 Memorial, which celebrated service members’ renewed commitment to uniformed military service.

More than 35,000 citizens visited and toured U.S. Naval Academy, USN and USCG ships, witnessing firsthand the latest capabilities of today’s maritime services. Ships were open for public tours. 

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.

Merry Christmas