SHIPS AHOY! MILITARY SHIPS PARTICIPATING IN LA FLEET WEEK® 2017 ANNOUNCED
Ships Begin Arriving Aug 29;
Vessel Crews to Host Free Public Tours Sept. 1-4
SAN PEDRO, Calif. - Aug. 23, 2017 - Organizers of LA Fleet Week® have released the names and details about the visiting military ships hosting public tours starting Friday, September 1 and continuing over the Labor Day holiday weekend on the LA Waterfront. The visiting vessels are from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, and Royal Canadian Navy.
“We're very excited to return to the LA Waterfront," said Vice Adm. Nora Tyson, commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet. "It's important to connect the people of LA with their Navy. We always feel so welcome at the Port of Los Angeles, and our service members are very appreciative of the local hospitality and interest shown by this terrific community."
All visiting LA Fleet Week ships are active vessels recently deployed overseas. Online reservations for the free 20-minute ship tours went live on www.LAFleetWeek.com earlier this month and booked up quickly. However, walk-up tours are available to visitors on a first-come, first-serve basis.
This year, senior citizens and visitors with disabilities are encouraged to visit LA Fleet Week on Friday, September 1, to avoid the larger crowds over the weekend.
LA Fleet Week ship details include:
- USS ANCHORAGE (LPD-23) – a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock and the seconds hip of the U.S. Navy to be a namesake of the city of Anchorage, Alaska. Motto: “We Leave Nothing to Chance.”
- USS DEWEY (DDG-105) – an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer in the U.S. Navy. Dewey is the third Navy ship named after Admiral of the Navy George Dewey, hero of the Battle of Manila Bay during the Spanish-American War. Motto: “The Will to Fight from the Heart”
- USS SCOUT (MCM-8) – the eighth ship in the Avenger-class of mine countermeasure ships, commissioned by the U.S. Navy on December 15, 1990. Motto: “Pathfinders – We lead the way”
- USCGC ACTIVE (WMEC-618) – Coast Guard Cutter ACTIVE is the eighth Coast Guard vessel to bear its proud name. A Reliance-class cutter, she was officially commissioned by the U.S. Coast Guard on September 17, 1966. Nickname: “Li’l Tough Guy
- HMCS OTTAWA (FFH 341) – A Royal Canadian Navy Halifax-class frigate, the Ottawa is named for Canada's national capital, the City of Ottawa, and is the twelfth and final ship of the Halifax class that were built as part of the Canadian Patrol Frigate Project.Nickname: “Ocean Beaver”
In addition to public ship tours, LA Fleet Week will feature dozens of exhibits and activities for the public to enjoy. These include military, first-responder and STEM displays and demonstrations, aircraft flyovers, live entertainment daily, free evening concerts on the Battleship IOWA, a Wednesday evening Welcome Party in downtown San Pedro, Saturday evening fireworks, food, the popular Labor Day morning “Conquer The Bridge” race and Victory Breakfast, a celebrity-judged Galley Wars cooking competition between the Navy, Coast Guard, Marines, Royal Canadian Navy, and more. Visit www.LAFleetWeek.com for complete information.
In addition to the LA Fleet Week website, event developments are being announced on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as @LAFleetWeek, or can be tracked on social media using #LAFleetWeek2017.
LA Fleet Week major sponsors include American Airlines, Andeavor, The Annenberg Foundation, Bob Hope USO, Clyde & Company, Delta Airlines, East West Bank, F&M Bank, Liberty Creek Wines, Comcast NBCUniversal, UPS and US Bank. Providing overall leadership and guidance for the event is the LA Fleet Week Leadership Council, comprised of community leaders in various sectors who are dedicated to supporting and advancing the mission of the annual LA Fleet Week event.