USS Halsey
Hit Hard * Hit Fast * Hit Often
 

Sailors Help Kick Off Seattle Seafair Fleet Week 
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class(AW) Lawrence J. Davis, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West Det. Northwest  
SEATTLE - The 63rd annual Seattle Seafair Fleet Week kicked off as amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18), guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52), and guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) arrived in the Port of Seattle.

Seafair is Seattle's monthlong summer celebration that includes multiple Navy events such as a parade of ships, air shows by the Navy's flight demonstration team the Blue Angels, Navy Band performances, and a Seattle Mariners' military appreciation game.

"It's a great opportunity for the Navy to renew its bonds with the community and to continue to enhance our shared interest," said Cmdr. Mike L. Weeldreyer, USS Halsey commanding officer.

Sailors said they were excited to be able to meet locals and experience Seattle.

"I can't wait to see what Seattle has to offer, and I definitely want to check out the Space Needle," said Engineman Fireman Recruit Jessica Falls, a Halsey Sailor. "I think it's cool that the community shows their appreciation for what we do in the Navy,"

The Seattle Mariners hosted their annual military appreciation game which offered Sailors discounted admission tickets, access to the field during batting practice, a free Mariners' T-shirt and a free USO sponsored barbeque before the game.

"This is a pretty awesome experience, and it means a lot for the Mariners to show appreciation for what the Navy does," said Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Mechanical) 2nd Class (SW) Anthony Brusatori, a Naval Base Kitsap Sailor who helped parade the colors during the national anthem before the game.

In addition to the activities for visiting Sailors, the community is also invited aboard the ships for free public tours Aug. 1-5, at the downtown Seattle Waterfront on piers 46, 66 and 90.

US Navy Recruiting | No Fear Act | FOIA | USA.gov | US Navy | US Marine Corps | Navy Reserves | Individual Augmentee | Veterans Crisis Line This is an official United States Navy Website. This US Government system is subject to monitoring. Please read our Privacy Policy and Section 508/Accessibility Statement.

The appearance of external hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by the United States Department of Defense, or the United States Department of the Navy of the linked web sites, or the information, products or services contained therein. For other than authorized activities such as military exchanges and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) sites, the United States Department of Defense, the Department of the Navy  does not exercise any editorial control over the information you may find at these locations. Such links are provided consistent with the stated purpose of this DoD web site.

Share