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May 25th, 2005, 11:13 PM
Fleet Week 2005 (http://www.wirednewyork.com/guide/fleet_week/)

In partnership with New York City, the United States Navy and the Intrepid Museum, over a dozen Navy and Coast Guard ships as well as ships from all over the world visit New York Harbor each Fleet Week. The visiting Fleet Week vessels are open for free public tours daily. Fleet Week 2005 will be from May 25th through May 31st.
Participating Ships

Arrive: May 25, 2005 Departs: June 1, 2005

* USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) Manhattan
* USS Cape St.George (CG 71) Staten Island
* USS Carr (FFG 52) Manhattan
* USS Shreveport (LPD 12) Manhattan
* USS Porter (DDG 78) Manhattan
* ONR Starfish TBD
* PNS Mowain Staten Island
* PNS Tippu Sultan Manhattan
* USCG Katherine Walker (WLM 552) Staten Island

May 26th, 2005, 09:54 AM
Fleet Week 2005 (http://www.wirednewyork.com/guide/fleet_week/). 26 May 2005.

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May 26th, 2005, 10:01 AM

Fleet Week 2005 Visiting Ships

The ships participating in Fleet Week 2005 are berthed at the following piers. The U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard ships are open to public tours between noon and 5 p.m. Thursday through Tuesday.

Pier 88 Manhattan

USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67)
USS Shreveport (LPD-12)
USS Porter (DDG-78)
USCGC Vigorous (WMEC 627)
PNS Tippu Sultan (D 185) - Pakistan

May 26th, 2005, 10:40 AM
Big John Friday or Saturday

May 26th, 2005, 11:39 AM
There hasn't been a real nuclear aircraft carrier at Fleet Week in many years. Nice to see one back in the harbor.

May 26th, 2005, 10:26 PM
Fleet Week 2005 (http://www.wirednewyork.com/guide/fleet_week/) - sunset on the Hudson. 26 May 2005.

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May 26th, 2005, 10:42 PM
Is it just me or are those townhouses on the New Jersey downright weird looking?

May 27th, 2005, 10:26 PM
Is it just me or are those townhouses on the New Jersey downright weird looking? They also seem to be right in the line of water as the river water line rised in the next few decades due to global warming.

They just built those. That used to be docks so looks may be deceiving. Not old at all.

May 28th, 2005, 11:04 PM
There hasn't been a real nuclear aircraft carrier at Fleet Week in many years. Nice to see one back in the harbor.

The JFK is one of two conventionaly powered carriers in the US arsenal, the other being the Kitty Hawk based in Japan.

So we have still have yet to be visited by a Nuclear powered Naval vessel, atleast in the last few years.

May 29th, 2005, 12:04 PM
There hasn't been a real nuclear aircraft carrier at Fleet Week in many years. Nice to see one back in the harbor.

JFK is probablythe largest we will ever see, as nuclear-powered ships ar barred from entering NY Harbor.

May 29th, 2005, 12:22 PM
JFK is probablythe largest we will ever see, as nuclear-powered ships ar barred from entering NY Harbor.

Although not a Nuclear powered ship I got to go on a VIP tour (Dad knew some Congressman) of the Battleship Iowa in '86 during fleet week, the ship was moored off Staten Island and we had to take a little ferry out to the Ship from the Home Port.

I was in the # 2 torret (sp?) a few months prior to that large exposion that killed those Sailors in that gun.

While walking the deck I could not help but notice the "Special Assignment" Marine standing guard next to a Tomahawk box above me, Special Assignment Marines Guard Embassies over seas as well as having the responsibility of guarding the Navy's Nuclear Weapons.

The also have Formal duties during State events at the White House.

May 31st, 2005, 11:51 AM
Interesting about no nuclear powered ships being allowed in New York harbor.

Was anyone else impressed at how the Queen Mary 2 absolutely dwarfed the JFK. They were berthed almost side by side.

May 31st, 2005, 02:05 PM
Interesting about no nuclear powered ships being allowed in New York harbor.

Was anyone else impressed at how the Queen Mary 2 absolutely dwarfed the JFK. They were berthed almost side by side.

do you have a pic?

June 1st, 2005, 11:45 AM
unfortunately no.

June 1st, 2005, 12:04 PM
do you have a pic?

I do. (82,000 tons vs. 151,400 tons)


June 1st, 2005, 02:56 PM
The flight deck is 250 feet wide, at least 5 acres. The Island looks like an airport building (I guess it is).

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May 29th, 2006, 10:11 PM
On City Streets, a Flowing Sea of Summer Whites (http://www.nytimes.com/2006/05/30/nyregion/30sailor.html)

Published: May 30, 2006

After being cooped up for months in giant rolling tin cans on the Persian Gulf, the sailors dock on the West Side piers of Manhattan and stay for a few days. New Yorkers see them move about in groups or in pairs, their crisp summer whites against the gray of the asphalt.

The city they are visiting is different from the city New Yorkers live in, even different from the city as experienced by other tourists. But it is also nothing like the one experienced by the untold thousands of sailors in untold thousands of ships who have come before them over the decades.

Once it was strip clubs and bars and tattoo parlors and girls. And while there still may be some of that, sailors who sauntered around Midtown on Memorial Day gave some surprising answers when asked how they experience New York City in the two or three short days they are here.

They mentioned frozen cappuccinos, and Off Broadway, and the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, and architecture — specifically, terra cotta facades.

And they said they range far and wide away from the West Side blocks — once very seedy, now less so — and Times Square — also once very seedy, now completely not so — that used to be their first ports of call. Part of the reason is that they get to ride the subways free.

For the men and women of ships like the U.S.S. Kearsarge, a 40,500-ton amphibious assault ship docked at Pier 88, near West 48th Street, the New York of shore leave in 2006 is different.

For one thing, many are married or have long-term relationships, so if there is carousing to be done, it seems to be low-decibel and over shortly after midnight. Besides, the wives and girlfriends are sometimes here.

Petty Officer First Class Brian Shonyo, 31, from the Kearsarge, was here with his wife, Ginnele, 27, who came up from Norfolk, where the ship was last stationed. "Usually I only get to hear about these places," she said. Still, she said she was shocked to see a man dancing in his underwear in Central Park.

William Hamb, 34, a petty officer first class on the Kearsarge, was planning on having a frozen cappuccino at Serendipity 3 on East 60th Street. Geoffrey Roediger, 22, a boatswain's mate third class from St. Matthews, S.C., went to see an Off Broadway musical satire on financiers called "Burleigh Grime$." And Jason Kinsey, a boatswain's mate first class on the Kearsarge, wanted to visit the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art on Broadway in SoHo for its exhibit "She Draws Comics: 100 Years of America's Women Cartoonists."

Boatswain's Mate Kinsey took a circuitous subway ride to Gowanus in Brooklyn to find American Legion Post 1636, at Ninth Street between Third and Fourth Avenues, where a tombstone in the basement dates to the Revolutionary War.

"I'm a history buff, and I got a great picture of it," said Boatswain's Mate Kinsey, 35, referring to a relic of the Maryland 400, a famed band of citizen soldiers in the Battle of Brooklyn. He was born in Hagerstown, Md. "I love this stuff to death."

For other sailors, their concerns are more traditional. Craig Smith, 27, a seaman apprentice on the U.S.S. San Antonio, a 25,000-ton amphibious warship, said he just had "one of those fancy burgers, you know, with Swiss cheese and mushrooms."

For sailors, traditional and nontraditional, New York has been their fried pork dumpling.

Max Johnson, 28, a damage controlman second class on the U.S.S. Anzio, a 9,600-ton cruiser, met his wife and her sisters in Manhattan to see the tourist sites. His sailor's uniform prompted officials to put the Johnson family at the head of the line for the Empire State Building.

Midshipman Scott Clark of the Kearsarge, originally from Los Angeles, was especially lucky. On Friday, he and three friends were given Yankees tickets. A man in a suit stepped out of one of the tall buildings near Times Square and gave them the tickets, three rows behind third base, he said. At the game, "I was within talking distance of A-Rod," Midshipman Clark said.

First Class Petty Officer Jason Loftin, a radar technician on the Kearsarge, got a free sightseeing flight over Manhattan. The prize was donated by a local businessman and Petty Officer Loftin was the first to volunteer to take it. The flight left from Staten Island. "I'm glad to get away from everyone else in uniform," he said.

William Hamb, petty officer first class on the Kearsarge, said he did not need anything half that spectacular. "I don't have to do anything special. I'm in New York. Look at me, I'm in an elevator and it's in New York. I'm in a taxi, in New York. I'm in a subway and it's in New York. You can't go around the corner without bumping into a landmark."

For Boatswain's Mate Kinsey, the history buff, he said even the buildings that have no special designation are interesting. "We spent the day on a bus tour mostly looking for nice architecture, so I'm in seventh heaven when I see brownstones."

"You remember the terra cotta surfaces," said Boatswain's Mate Third Class Ryan Bily, 23, of Cincinnati. "Oh, I forgot, you fell asleep."

And the sailors all laughed.

Copyright 2006 The New York Times Company

June 13th, 2006, 02:18 PM
What I find unusual is that the ship hulls are not smooth at all, but made up of individual sections that are warping in different directions, almost like a patchwork quilt.


June 13th, 2006, 03:02 PM
^ Your are a very good photographer my friend... They are just too good.

I like the one with the circle line infront of the sailor ship.

June 13th, 2006, 05:07 PM
Thanks for the pics... it is interesting about the hull panels warping... the Burke-class destroyer in pic 5 is the only recently commissioned ship.

May 22nd, 2008, 04:52 PM
May 22, 2008, 2:01 pm

Working the Gate at Fleet Week

By Corey Kilgannon (http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/author/ckilgannon/)

Video link HERE (http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/05/22/working-the-gate-at-fleet-week/)

It was mostly family and friends waiting for the Navy sailors and Marines pouring off the ships at Pier 88 on Wednesday for Fleet Week (http://www.cnrma.navy.mil/fleetweek/), which runs through Memorial Day.

But a few savvy entrepreneurs also positioned themselves at the exit gate to hand out their business cards to service members heading out on shore leave to hit the town starting around 5 p.m.
A car service reminded sailors they might need a ride back to make their 2 a.m. curfew and handed out his cards. But the biggest presence was the staff of a nearby bar: Whistlin’ Dixies Texas Tavern (http://www.dixiestexastavern.com/), on 11th Avenue and 51st Street.

Its owner, Aidan Kiernan, told the uniformed men it was the closest bar to the pier entrance, and with his bevy of female bartenders pushed “free drink” cards into the eager hands of thirsty sailors.

The bar is offering drink specials, including the first drink free, he said, and has adopted a “ladies drink free” policy the entire week to attract female customers, which in turn would attract male service members.

“We try to stay promotionally ahead of things and you look at your calendar and Fleet Week is the biggest thing around here,” Mr. Kiernan said. “We’re pretty much the only bar within a four-block radius here, so with all the ships docking here, this is kind of our St. Patrick’s Day or New Year’s.”

Fleet Week, which lets New Yorkers mingle with sailors, Marines and Coast Guard members, offers dozens of military demonstrations and displays. The public is also allowed to visit many of the participating ships.

Many of the 1,300 Navy sailors and Marines coming off the U.S.S. Kearsarge on Thursday had Whistlin’ Dixies drink coupons in their hands. Mr. Kiernan said that Thursday night might be his biggest night of business all year.

“Location, location location — this is our week,” he said.

Things were hopping at the bar, which was flooded with sailors in white uniforms and the Marines in tan. White caps and sailor hats covered tables, along with drinks and beer cans. Mr. Kiernan’s female staff welcomed the service members, since not too many women customers were around, despite the free drink offer.


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May 23rd, 2008, 04:05 AM
'Everyone Loves To Go To Fleet Week' in City

By CHARLOTTE COWLES, Staff Reporter of the Sun

May 23, 2008

New Yorkers may see fewer sailors for this year's Fleet Week than in years past — a result of Navy training schedules, a shortage of dock space, and a ban on nuclear-powered ships entering the harbor — but that doesn't mean the sailors will be in low spirits.

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"Everyone loves to go to Fleet Week," a communications officer on the USS Leyte Gulf (javascript:void(0)), Ensign Lance Oberlin, 29, said. This is the second Fleet Week for the Toledo (http://www.nysun.com/related_results.php?term=Toledo), Ohio, native, who also visited in 2003. "The last time I was here, we got pulled off the street and were given a tour of the Stock Exchange, totally unplanned," he said. "Some guys who work there used to be in the service, so they brought us in and showed us around."

During their free time, sailors plan to sightsee, experience the city's restaurants and nightlife, and visit with friends and family. "We want to go see ground zero," an explosives ordnance disposal petty officer, first class, Patrick Flanigan, who has just returned from Iraq, said. This is the first time in New York City for the 25-year-old, who is originally from Rochester, Wash.

Another member of his team, Charles Lane, 27, of Waldoboro, Maine, also an explosives ordnance disposal petty officer, first class, came to Fleet Week several years ago. "The last time I was here, I don't think I paid for a single thing. The reception here is very positive," he said. His family is coming to visit him this weekend. "I think we're going to go to the Statue of Liberty. Can you go up to the top? I'd like to take them up there," he said. The answer, unfortunately, is no.

Jeff Moleski, of Southampton, Mass., has just been promoted to explosive ordnance disposal senior chief. "My mother is coming to visit while I'm here," he said.

Fleet Week has been an annual New York tradition since 1984. This year, 4,000 white-clad sailors are flooding the city, eager to make merry before shipping out to their next destination.

Five ships are docking in New York this year. Two, the USS Leyte Gulf and the USS Kearsarge (http://www.nysun.com/related_results.php?term=USS+Kearsarge), are currently docked at Pier 88, while the other three, the USS Nitze, the USS Monterey, and USS The Sullivans, are at Staten Island. The ships paraded up the Hudson River to the George Washington Bridge from the Verrazano Bridge on Wednesday.

"The ships that participate in Fleet Week are assigned based on many factors," a Navy spokesman, Chris Zendan, said. "The decision is based on operational and training schedules as well as available pier space."

Of the two ships docked at Pier 88, the smaller, USS Leyte Gulf, is a guided missile cruiser carrying about 350 sailors. In Navy talk, it is "a small boy," a term reserved for destroyers, frigates, and cruisers, Officer Oberlin said. The USS Kearsarge, an amphibious assault ship docked at its side, is also called a "big deck." It carries 2,000 sailors and Marines, as well as a number of aircraft, including the Osprey, a tilt-rotor aircraft that can make a vertical takeoff and landing and short takeoffs and landings.

Through Memorial Day weekend, festivities are planned around the city in honor of the visiting sailors, including an appearance on "Today," a concert in Times Square, and several Memorial Day parades in various locations. The Marine Band is scheduled to give a concert in the Central Park Bandshell on Saturday evening, and numerous public demonstrations will be held to explain helicopter raids, Coast Guard rescue missions, and naval research projects.

Amid all the merriment, work goes on. "While we're docked, the ship is going through workups for its next deployment," Officer Oberlin said. "I'm not sure at this time where that'll be. It's still up in the air."


© 2008 The New York Sun,

May 24th, 2008, 05:28 AM
May 23, 2008, 10:44 am

A Rare Bird of War Swoops In

By Corey Kilgannon (http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/author/ckilgannon/)

Video clip HERE (http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/05/23/a-rare-bird-of-war-swoops-in/#more-2928)

That weird-looking plane-helicopter on the deck of the U.S.S. Kearsarge (http://www.kearsarge.navy.mil/default.aspx) this week — it looks like a cross between a propeller plane and a Blackhawk helicopter — is the much heralded V-22 Osprey.
It is known as a tiltrotor aircraft, which means it can soar swiftly when moving horizontally but also land vertically on a dime, namely because its rotors shift from vertical to horizontal and make it capable of long-range, high-speed cruise performance of a turboprop plane.
The strange war bird looked even stranger in its habitat this week, against the buildings of Midtown.

The aircrafts cost upward of $100 million each — the Pentagon has spent tens of billions of dollars on the development of the Osprey, despite an effort by Dick Cheney, as secretary of defense in the 1980s, to cancel it — and have had a long and contentious development process for more than 25 years. Numerous test pilots have died, and 19 marines in a 2000 crash in Arizona. The Washington Post has called the Osprey “one of the most controversial aircraft in U.S. military history.”

All this background makes it all the more fascinating to the public and to service members alike, said Capt. John Sax, of the United States Marines, who oversees the crew operating the Osprey aboard the Kearsarge an amphibious vessel that is nearly 900 feet long and can carry several thousand troops. Actually, he said, the Osprey was such a curiosity that it almost became a hindrance to moving troops quickly.

“When we got to Iraq, we still had a lot of guys who were supposed to be getting rides with us who, it was taking longer for them to get on board because they had to put their cameras away,” he said. “They were taking pictures and they were just awestruck that, you know: ‘What is that?’ And they did know that it was: “I cant’ believe it’s here.’”

Captain Sax added, “You know its been talked about and spoken of for such a long time that, for it to actually deploy and do what intended to do, it’s just been awhile.”


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May 24th, 2008, 05:36 AM
May 23, 2008, 5:59 pm

Riding the Waves With the Navy Seals

By Corey Kilgannon (http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/author/ckilgannon/)

Video clip HERE (http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/05/23/riding-the-waves-with-the-seals/)

Looking for a fast way to get downtown? I don’t know anything faster than a Mark V special operations craft, on display this weekend during Fleet Week, at Pier 88 in Manhattan — at 48th Street and the West Side Highway.

At the pier, there are two Mark V, which is one of the latest types of watercraft added to the Navy’s special warfare units.

When I picture Navy Seals, it is those superhuman swimmer-soldiers who get dropped behind enemy lines to swim upriver and do something ultra stealthy and secret and life-threatening. Well, the Mark V is used to deliver them and their Zodiac powerboats to the general area of their mission.

The troop commander of the two Mark V’s at Fleet Week, Chief Warrant Officer Carpenter, calls them “medium range insertion and extraction” watercraft, which can also be used for coastal patrol, as well as Seal missions.

They can carry 16 Seals to up to 500 miles and up to six Zodiacs, which access the Mark V by a rear ramp. Before a ride on one of the vessels on Friday, three crew members – they are special warfare combatant-craft crewmen – launched themselves in their Zodiac and sped to remove a long rope tied from pier to pier, so the Mark V could leave the pier. The crewmembers sped to a tall bulkhead and scrambled up the side of it, to untie the thick rope.

The Mark V can move at 47 knots, and in high seas it can leap from wave crest to crest, the chief warrant officer said. Its twin diesels and V-hull made light work of the chop in the Hudson on Friday. It blew by a Circle Line tour boat and several ferries heading between New Jersey and Manhattan. The crew displayed the boat’s nimble, high-performance maneuvers, cutting a tight bank-turn and stopping the craft on a dime by stuffing its bow into the water, causing a near-pitchpole.

The craft has heavy machine guns and automatic grenade launchers, and the sight of it seemed to excite the passengers on the Staten Island Ferry, when the Mark V zipped around New York Harbor near the Statue of Liberty.


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May 25th, 2010, 06:58 PM
FLEET WEEK 2010 (http://www.intrepidmuseum.org/Fleet-Week-Schedule.aspx), May 26th - June 1st

Wednesday, May 26 9:00AM
Parade of Ships
Participating vessels proceed up the Hudson River and pass the official viewing stand at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Senior military and political leaders will be on hand to welcome the fleet.

May 25th, 2010, 07:01 PM
The roof terrace of Atelier Condo (http://wirednewyork.com/real_estate/atelier-condo/) is absolutely the best place to view the Fleet Week Parade of Ships (http://wirednewyork.com/guide/fleet_week/). It would be great if one of the Atelier residents invited me to the terrace!

May 26th, 2010, 11:55 AM
I second that ^ It's the least someone could do in return for all the work Edward has put into WNY.

May 26th, 2010, 02:21 PM
Fleet Week 2010 (http://wirednewyork.com/guide/fleet_week/) in New York City with USS Iwo Jima (LHD7) .


May 28th, 2010, 11:28 PM
Protecting the Intrepid and the Piers from a lone kayaker in the distance ...



May 30th, 2010, 09:19 PM
I love the new Navy uniforms: black pants, khaki shirts, black ga station attendant caps.

I didn't know they were the new U.S. Navy uniforms, until I walk up to someone wearing one and asked what country he was from. He said, "the U.S." and I felt like a jerk.

May 30th, 2010, 10:44 PM


Yeah, the new Navy unis are ment to be universal. As someone who is interested in the Navy, I hear they got rid of the old whites, because they tend to get dirty and Sailors like the idea of only keeping one uniform style on hand. Also, the Navy is interested in a "throwback" look for the fleet. For example, the Cheifs and Officers have uniforms that look straight out of WWII. I however, like the Digi Blue Uniforms:


Gotta love that steel blue and battleship grey. :cool: