Fleet Week New York, now in its 27th year, is the city’s time-honored celebration of the sea services. It is an unparalleled opportunity for the citizens of New York and the surrounding tristate area to meet sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, as well as witness firsthand the latest capabilities of today’s maritime services. The weeklong celebration has been held nearly every year since 1984. It’s estimated that more than 1,800 service members will participate this year.
Saturday, May 23
• 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Eisenhower Park, East Meadow USN (10 a.m.-noon, including MH-60S helicopters) and USMC (noon-2 p.m., including MV-22 Osprey, CH-46E Sea Knight, and AH-1W SuperCobra aircraft) will display aviation and operational equipment. USN EOD personnel will also be in attendance. After the air demo, USN and USMC helicopters will land and be available for display. U.S. Navy Band Northeast “Show Band” will perform. The event is free and open to the public.
• Noon-12:30 p.m., Pier 92, Manhattan USCG will conduct a search and rescue demo in the water off of Manhattan for visitors to see. It’s free and open to the public.
Sunday, May 24
• 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Rye Playland, Rye Event will include a ceremony in honor of Memorial Day at 11:45 a.m. followed by a barbecue for veterans and their families. A USMC Aviation/Marine Air-Ground Task Force demo will take place from 2-4 p.m. including MV-22 Osprey, CH-46E Sea Knight, and AH-1W SuperCobra aircraft. It’s free and open to the public.
• Noon-12:30 p.m., Sullivans Pier, Staten Island USCG will conduct a search and rescue demo in the water off of Staten Island for visitors to see. The event is free.
Monday, May 25
• 1:30-2 p.m., Pier 86, Manhattan USCG will conduct a free search and rescue demo in the water off of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Pier for visitors to see.
• 2-5 p.m., Glen Island Park, New Rochelle USMC Aviation/Marine Air-Ground Task Force demo including MV-22 Osprey, CH-46E Sea Knight and AH-1W SuperCobra aircraft. The free event will showcase airborne insertion and extraction of aircraft with combat equipped Marines.
• 11 a.m., Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Manhattan A missing man formation aerial salute comprised of FA-18 Super Hornets based out of Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, VA will be performed in conjunction with the Intrepid Memorial Day Commemoration at Pier 86.
• 1:10 p.m. Citi Field, Flushing Two FA-18 Super Hornets based out of Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, VA will fly over the annual New York Mets/USO Military Appreciation Day at Citi Field, signifying the start of the game. The Mets will take on the Philadelphia Phillies. The Joint Service Color Guard will present colors and a member of Navy Band Northeast will sing the national anthem.
Events and times are subject to change. For up-to-date information on all Fleet Week events, visit the official Fleet Week New York website at www.fleetweeknewyork.com, “Like” FleetWeekNewYork on Facebook, or “Follow” @FleetWeekNYC on Twitter. Fleet Week New York photos can be viewed on Flickr at www.flickr.com/photos/fwnypao.