SAN PEDRO, Calif. - The guided missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) arrived in the Port of Los Angeles to partake in the inaugural Los Angeles Fleet Week, Aug. 30.
Formerly known as Los Angeles Navy Days, the mission of L.A. Fleet Week is to showcase the Navy’s support for the local community increase their knowledge of the Navy through community involvement and public tour events.
Sailors from USS America (LHA 6) and Wayne E. Meyer will be actively engaged in a series of events throughout the Los Angeles County in an effort to strengthen the bonds between the American public and the Navy.
While in port, Sailors will immerse themselves in various community relations events to include volunteer work at the Los Angeles Food Bank, Orange County Children’s Hospital and construction projects with Habitat for Humanity. In addition to community service projects, Sailors will have the opportunity to participate in Hollywood game shows and variety shows such as The Price is Right and The Late Show with James Corden.
“Fleet Week is an amazing Navy tradition that really brings together the American public and the U.S. Navy,” said Cmdr. Vince Fortson, Wayne E. Meyer’s commanding officer. “Our Sailors are excited to show off our ship and experience the great hospitality L.A. Fleet Week has to offer.”
Wayne E. Meyer is a multi-mission, guided-missile destroyer designed to operate in multi- threat air, surface and sub-surface threat environments and is assigned to Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet (C3F). C3F leads naval forces in the Pacific.