FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sept. 15, 2011 Release 47-11
Third Fleet participating in San
Francisco Fleet Week
By: Third Fleet Public Affairs
SAN DIEGO – Six U.S. Navy ships from the U.S. Third Fleet area of operations
are scheduled to visit San Francisco to participate in the 30th
annual San Francisco Fleet Week, Oct.
The Third Fleet ships include the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70),
the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), guided-missile cruiser
USS Antietam (CG 54), guided-missile destroyer USS Milius (DDG 69), mine
countermeasure ship USS Chief (MCM 14) and fleet replenishment oiler USNS
Guadalupe (T-AO 200).
San Francisco Fleet Week 2011 (SFFW 11) is an opportunity for the American
public to meet their Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard team and to experience
the best of the sea services. More than 9,000 Sailors, Marines and Coast
Guardsmen are scheduled to participate in SFFW 11 to celebrate the shared
maritime history of the naval services and the Bay Area. This event will
showcase naval personnel, equipment, technology and capabilities with an
emphasis on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR).
2011 is a banner year for Naval Aviation as it celebrates its 100th
anniversary of flight. From its
inception, Naval Aviation has been a "Global Force for Good," as a symbol of
power, and a force for stability in an increasingly unstable and interconnected
world. Naval Aviation is involved in a range of military operations around the
globe, including humanitarian assistance and disaster relief anywhere, anytime –
to help American citizens and citizens of the world.
Expanding further on the HA/DR emphasis is the second-iteration Senior
Leadership Seminar (SLS) which brings together leaders from local, regional,
State and Federal agencies to present their capabilities and create a
partnership to respond to a disaster in the Bay Area. The SLS provides senior
Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard leaders an excellent opportunity to interact
with their local, State and Regional counterparts that are involved in disaster
preparedness and response.
There will be several opportunities to interview the crew and leadership of
the various ships during Fleet Week. Key events include the SLS, an HA/DR-themed
static display area at the Marina Green, Urban Search & Rescue Training
involving SFPD, SFFD, Sailors and Marines at Treasure Island, the Parade of
Ships, Battle of the Bands in Golden Gate Park, and Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard participation in the
Italian Heritage Day Parade and the San Francisco 49ers Military Salute game.
Additionally, the Blue Angels will perform along the waterfront.
U.S. Third Fleet area of responsibility includes 50 million square miles of
the Eastern and Northern Pacific ocean areas including the Bering Sea, Alaska,
the Aleutian Islands and sectors of the arctic. Third Fleet measures its success
by the readiness and combat efficiency of the Fleet and the extent to which it
is connected and interoperable with domestic partners, international partners
For further information about San Francisco Fleet Week, please see the
official website www.fleetweek.us