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    San Francisco Fleet Week Kicks-Off with Ship Arrivals, Remarks



    Story by Chief Petty Officer John Scorza 

    Navy Region Southwest

    SAN FRANCISCO –The 39th annual 2019 San Francisco Fleet Week 2019 kicked-off Oct. 6 bringing together the San Francisco community, Marines, Coastguardsmen and Sailors to celebrate the sea service branches of the military.
    Fleet Week provides communities an opportunity to visit naval vessels, view military equipment and interact with service members from the participating ships and military units. This year will be one of the largest San Francisco Fleet Weeks with eight ships participating and will include more than 2,300 Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsman.
    Among the participating military components are the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset (LPD 25); Zumwalt-class guided missile destroyer USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000); Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59); Independence-class littoral combat ship USS Charleston (LCS 18); Harpers Ferry-class dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52); the U.S. Coast Guard cutters Terrell Horne (WPC 1131) and Steadfast (WMEC 623); Royal Australian Navy Hobart-class air warfare destroyer HMAS Brisbane (DDG 41); the Blue Angels; the Navy parachute team, the Leap Frogs; I Marine Expeditionary Force; 1st Marine Logistics Group; Combat Logistics Battalion 15; 1st Medical Battalion; U.S. Coast Guard District 11; Navy Operational Support Center Alameda; Navy Recruiting District San Francisco; Expeditionary Strike Group Three; Navy Band Southwest; 1st Marine Division Band; and Navy Region Southwest.
    This year’s opening press conference began with a welcoming from Lewis Loeven, Executive Director, San Francisco Fleet Week Association, the mayor of San Francisco, London Breed, Rear Admiral John E. Gumbleton, Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group Three, Rear Admiral Peter W. Gautier, Commander, Eleventh Coast Guard District, Mary Ellen Carroll, Executive Director, San Francisco Department of Emergency Management, Victor Wyrsch, Deputy Chief, San Francisco Fire Department, and San Francisco Chief of Police Bill Scott.
    “I would like to thank the San Francisco Fleet Week Association for putting together, what I think to be, an amazing week to celebrate Fleet Week right here in San Francisco,” said Breed. “For 39 years we have been honored to host this opportunity to bring the incredible men and women of our military. From the Navy, to the Coast Guard, to the Marines, having you here is an absolute pleasure.”
    For Fleet Week the San Franciscan community and its leaders come together, as they do every year, to welcome its armed service members as they interact with the community and participate in events such as feeding the homeless, visiting local hospitals, volunteering at food banks, meeting with the elderly, navy band performances and many other various events.
    “I would like to extend my warmest gratitude to you, the residents and leaders, in San Francisco,” said Gumbleton. “Incredible hospitality for all the uniform men and women of the sea services during the week. 39 years city this has graciously opened its doors to our Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard team.”
    While Fleet Week is going on from October 7–14, the community will have the opportunity to visit several of the Navy’s ships for a free tour and to interact with the ships service members. The schedule is subject to change but is currently as follows:
    Wednesday, October 9 Pier 30/32, Pier 35
    10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    Thursday, October 10 Pier 30/32, Pier 35 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    Friday, October 11
    No tours, however the ships can be seen in the San Francisco Fleet Week Parade of Ships, 10:30am - 11:30pm from Marina Green, Fort Mason, Aquatic Park, Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39 and the Embarcadero.
    Saturday, October 12 Piers 30/32, 19
    9am - 4pm
    Sunday, October 13 Pier 30/32, 15/17, 19 9am - 4pm
    Monday, October 14 Pier 30/32, 19
    9am - 12pm
    The public is encouraged to attend tours and interact with service members. Prohibited items aboard include the following:
    - Food or drinks, including ice chests and coolers
    - Camera tripods and cameras with lenses greater than 100 mm - Skateboards, bicycles, hover boards
    - Gang-related clothing
    - Unmanned aerial systems
    - Weapons, including knives, firearms and club weapons,
    - Defensive chemicals or sprays, including mace and pepper spray;
    - Spray cans of any type, fireworks, flammable liquids or other explosives
    - Illegal drugs and drugs considered illegal at the federal level, including marijuana, and/or drug-
    related paraphernalia
    - Electronic cigarettes
    - Large bags, including backpacks and large camera bags (small camera bags and small handbags may
    be permitted, but will be subject to search)
    - Strollers
    - Drinks, other than water, to facilitate security
    - Pets are also prohibited, with the exception of service dogs for the disabled.
    Other free events for Fleet Week include the air show over the Marina Green on October 11, 12 and 13 from 12pm to 4pm and the Honor our Fallen Concert at the San Francisco Jazz Center on October 9 from 6pm-8pm. For more information and events, please visit the San Francisco Fleet Week web site at
    For more on San Diego Fleet Week visit Defense Visual Information Distribution Service at:
    Images are also available on the Navy Region Southwest Facebook page at: at:



    Date Taken: 10.07.2019
    Date Posted: 10.08.2019 16:01
    Story ID: 346704
    Location: SAN FRANCISCO, CA, US 

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