CORONADO, Calif. –
Assault Craft Unit One (ACU-1) has been chosen to participate in Seattle’s 64th Annual Seafair celebration this year.
Landing Craft Utility 1617 (LCU-1617), and a group of 24 ACU-1 Sailors will embark USS Boxer (LHD 4) to join the parade of ships along the Seattle waterfront during Seafair’s Fleet Week, starting July 29.
Vessels included in the parade of ships will be Boxer, USS Gridley (DDG 101), USS Dewey (DDG 105), CGC Midget (WHEC 726), and three ships from the Royal Canadian Navy. The parade of ships will conclude with a search and rescue demonstration by the U.S. Coast Guard. Afterwards, all of the ships will be open to the public and ACU-1 Sailors will be providing tours of LCU-1617.
Engineman 1st Class Roderick Sarrol went to Seafair in 2000 and said he has many fond memories of the festivities. He briefed the crew on what to expect in Seattle.
“You need to bring extra medals, ribbons, ACU-1 coins, and command ball caps with you,” said Sarrol to an attentive crew. “Everyone in Seattle will want some sort of memento to remember you and this occasion.”
Several of the junior sailors going to Seafair will have their first experience steaming in open-ocean and living aboard a warship.
“The first time I saw the ocean was when I checked in at ACU-1,” said Seaman Katryna Kingland, a native of Boise, Idaho. “I had never even been on a boat before coming here.”
Seaman Ikram Yusuf, a native of Seattle, was excited to hear she was one of the 24 chosen to participate in Seafair.
“I’m looking forward to going back home and seeing friends and family, “said Yusuf. “Going to Seafair will be like taking leave without having to take leave.”
ACU-1 continues to conduct missions in support of maritime security operations. These operations include anti-piracy, search and seizures, drug interdiction, oil platform defense, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. ACU-1 also supports numerous training exercises with combat units stationed on board Naval Amphibious Base Coronado.
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