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FLEET WEEK


This upcoming week, SF celebrates fleet week. It is also well know by “Get yourself a sailor boyfriend day.” Once again, San Francisco opens its’ door to the magnificent Blue Angels, alongside thousands of other military demonstrations and airshows.

For those who doesn’t know, Fleet Week is tradition for the US Navy, The United State Coast Guard and The United State Marine to bring their active military ships that were destroyed during overseas combat to major cities such as San Francisco, San Diego, New York and many other cities. Marines will dock their ships in those cities for a week, and for certain hours they will let the public have a guided tour on the ship. For many years, San Francisco had have the pleasure to receive the US Navy and have their ships docked. It have been a tradition for San Francisco to celebrate fleet week every Columbus Day Weekend.

This year’s event is estimated to attract over one million people. There will be thousands of people watching the airshow in the San Francisco Bay Area, all the way from the Ferry Building to the Golden Gate Park. But my personal favorite place to watch the Blue Angels is by the Fort Mason, or by the Fisherman Wharf. I’ll guarantee that you will see everything from their. Plus they have a little food fest too - the food is a bit pricey but is pretty good.

Mark your calendars, the following is this weekends fleet week schedule:

Saturday October 7 from 9:00-4:00:

•HMCS WINNIPEG FFH 338: Halifax-class frigate that has served in the Royal Canadian Navy since 1996.

Location: SF Pier 15/17 on the face.

•USCGC MIDGETT WHEC 726: United States Coast Guard 378 ft. (115 m) high endurance cutter.

Location: SF Pier 35, north berth.

•USS CHAMPION MCM 4: Mine Countermeasures Ship.

Location: SF Pier 35 SO. •USS DEWEY DDG 105: United States Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer.

Location: SF Pier 35, south berth. •USS ESSEX LHD 2: United States Navy Wasp-class amphibious assault ship. Location: SF Pier 30-32. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

•AT&T K-9 Heroes: Bark at the Park: Duboce Park: Demonstrations include dogs trained in urban search and rescue, detection and more.

•The United Airlines Festival Center on Marina Green: Marina Green.

•Fleet Week Air Show: The United Airlines Festival Center on Marina Green.

Sunday October 8

9:00-4:00

•USCGC MIDGETT WHEC 726: United States Coast Guard 378 ft. (115 m) high endurance cutter. Location: SF Pier 35, north berth. •USS CHAMPION MCM 4. Mine Countermeasures Ship. Location: SF Pier 35 SO. •USS DEWEY DDG 105. United States Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer. Location: SF Pier 35, south berth. •USS ESSEX LHD 2. United States Navy Wasp-class amphibious assault ship. Location: SF Pier 30-32. 10:00-5:00:

•The United Airlines Festival Center on Marina Green: Marina Green. •Fleet Week Air Show: The United Airlines Festival Center on Marina Green.

Monday October 9

9:00-4:00

•HMCS WINNIPEG FFH 338: Halifax-class frigate that has served in the Royal Canadian Navy since 1996. Location: SF Pier 15/17 on the face. •USCGC MIDGETT WHEC 726: United States Coast Guard 378 ft. (115 m) high endurance cutter. Location: SF Pier 35, north berth. •USS CHAMPION MCM 4: Mine Countermeasures Ship.

Location: SF Pier 35 SO. •USS DEWEY DDG 105: United States Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer. Location: SF Pier 35, south berth. •USS ESSEX LHD 2: United States Navy Wasp-class amphibious assault ship.

Location: SF Pier 30-32.

10:00-2:00

High School Band Challenge: Golden Gate Park Band shell: Select Bay Area high school bands take the stage, competing for prize money, to support their school music programs.

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