It’s Fleet Week in NYC, which means all of us jaded land lubbers will have our annual chance to scope out naval parades, a harbor full of warships and—much more importantly—boatloads of patriotic navy boys roaming the city in perfectly pressed sailor suits and white caps.
Fleet week, this year celebrating its 20th anniversary, brings 3,000 sailors, Marines and Coast Guard members to the city to relax, meet local residents and show off the latest and greatest in big guns and super-sized toy boats.
The festivities began yesterday with a parade of lumbering US Navy and US Coast Guard ships down the Hudson River, led by the USS Wasp, an amphibious, helicopter-toting assault ship, and joined by a team of F-18’s flying overhead. This morning, hundreds of city firefighters joined Marines for an annual World Trade Center memorial run that ended with a wreath-laying ceremony at ground zero.
Click here for a schedule of the week’s events, which includes free public ship tours, navy challenge displays, and helicopter raid demonstrations.
Photo courtesy of Pro-Zak on Flickr