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Fleet Week NYC | 2019
Fleet Week in New York City
Fleet Week is a tradition involving the United States Navy, United States Marines, and the United States Coast Guard, where military ships recently deployed overseas dock in the port of a major city for one week. For the duration of the week the ships crew can explore the city, engage with civilians, and often perform military demonstrations for the public.

The very first Fleet Week in New York City was held in 1982 along the New York Passenger Terminal on the Hudson River, and generally coincides with Memorial Day Weekend. Now in its 31st year, the tradition continues with New Yorkers from the trip-state area celebrating the arrival of our Sailors, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen.
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A Tribute to New York
This year the USS New York (LPD 21) makes a return to New York City after its last visit in 2011. It is one of three warships named in tribute to the 9/11 attacks, and features seven and a half tons of recovered steel from the World Trade Center on its bow stem. The United States Navy reports that there are about 2,600 Sailors, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen present this year, in addition to members of the Royal Canadian Navy.
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All around the city this week the crew from the ships docked around the city have been wowing the public with cool military displays. At the South Street Seaport the U.S. Fleet Forces Band from Naval Station Norfolk could be found performing a number of tunes for onlookers. Also, on Military Island in Times Square, Navy divers spent time demonstrating their skills and playing Tic-Tac-Toe with civilians while submerged underwater.

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Onboard the USS New York there are many notable tributes to New York City. From murals of the Twin Towers, former President Obama and George W. Bush, to the NY Giants logo that is painted on the ground, the ship is full of art. Also worth mentioning is that they were all painted by sailors on the ship. There are also New York City subway signs, and memorabilia that recognize the impact of the debris during 9/11 on the uniforms of members of the NYPD, Port Authority, and FDNY housed within a glass case.
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In addition to all of the amazing demonstrations and art mentioned earlier, we cannot forget to mention the display of combat vehicles aboard the USS New York. We have watched them in movies and caught a glimpse or two on the news, but seeing them in person is truly a one of a kind experience. One such vehicle that was present is the Amphibious Assault Vehicle, used for combat support in ashore operations. They are equipped to land the surface assault elements of the landing force and their equipment, can hold up to 21 Marines, and weighs a whopping 56,000 pounds.

Fleet Week in New York City is always a special occasion. Every year citizens have the opportunity to meet and interact with the brave men and women who defend our shores, and the crew members of our military's sea vessels are recognized for the difficult jobs that they perform daily.

Until next year. Thank you all for your service to our country!

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