36th Annual San Francisco Fleet Week to Kick Off Monday

SAN FRANCISCO - The 36th annual San Francisco Fleet Week runs Oct. 3 through 10 and will welcome more than 2,000 Sailors, Marines, members of the Coast Guard and the Royal Canadian Navy to the Bay Area for the eight-day tribute to maritime forces.

Amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD 22) and guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), along with U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mellon (WHEC 717) and Royal Canadian Navy frigate HMCS Calgary (FFH 335), will participate in Fleet Week. In addition I Marine Expeditionary Force will host a service dog exhibit and static displays, and the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon and Band have multiple performances scheduled.

San Francisco Fleet Week 2016 is an opportunity for the American public to meet their sea services. The Sailors, Marines and Coast Guard members will be in San Francisco to celebrate the rich history of America's naval forces and the Bay Area. This engagement will highlight naval personnel, equipment, technology and capabilities.

Throughout the week, Sailors will engage with the local community in a series of service projects and enjoy premier events, including the Blue Angels air show and a parade of ships. The Navy Blue Angels are scheduled to perform at the air show Oct. 7 through 9.

Additionally, San Francisco citizens will have opportunities to interact with service members and tour the ships. Tours aboard San Diego are scheduled Oct. 4 and Oct. 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Oct. 8 through 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tours aboard Calgary are scheduled for Oct. 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Oct. 8 through 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tours aboard Mobile Bay and Mellon are scheduled Oct. 8 through 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The public is encouraged to tour the ships and interact with crew members.

Prohibited items on board include the following: - Weapons, including knives, firearms and club weapons - Defensive chemicals or sprays, including mace and pepper spray; spray cans of any type - Fireworks, flammable liquids or other explosives - Illegal drugs and/or drug-related paraphernalia - Large bags, including backpacks and large camera bags (small camera bags and small handbags may be permitted, but will be subject to search) - Strollers Media Opportunities During the ships’ visit to San Francisco, media are encouraged to contact Public Affairs Officers Lt. Laura Price at (716) 907-0540 or Brian O’Rourke at (619) 985-3725 regarding access to the ship, to arrange interviews with Sailors or to request other related information. Please note that the ship docking process takes up to an hour after arrival.

All visitors and media require escort within the security perimeter at the pier and on board the ships at all times. Access to U.S. Navy ships must be arranged with Navy Public Affairs prior to arriving at the security checkpoint. Media should be prepared to present two forms of identification: one from their affiliation and one government-issued photo identification.

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