150416-N-IC565-071 PACIFIC OCEAN (April 16, 2015) The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) and the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) conduct maneuverers in the Pacific Ocean during a strait transit exercise. Essex is underway participating in a certification exercise with the Essex Amphibious Group. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Bradley J. Gee/Released)
U.S. and Canadian Ships to participate in Los Angeles Fleet Week

LOS ANGELES - Sailors aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23), the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG 105), the Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship USS Scout (MCM 8), U.S. Coast Guard cutter Active (WMEC 618), and Royal Canadian Navy Halifax-class frigate HMCS Ottawa (FFH 341), will be in Los Angeles for the second annual Los Angeles Fleet Week, Aug. 29-Sept. 4.

In addition, forces from 1st Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF), Coastal Riverine Group (CRG) 1, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) 1, Navy Region Southwest, and U.S. Coast Guard District 11 will also be participating in Fleet Week.

Los Angeles Fleet Week offers the public an opportunity to take a tour of the ships and meet service members as they showcase the ships' capabilities. It also gives the public a chance to gain a better understanding of how the sea services support the national defense of the United States and freedom of the seas.

Throughout the week, service members will have an opportunity to interact with the local community, while participating in a number of community relations projects and a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) exposition.

The Fleet will arrive in Los Angeles between Aug. 29 and Sept. 1. The public will have the opportunity to tour the ships and meet Sailors in the Port of Los Angeles, next to the USS Iowa Museum, Sept. 1-4 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend tours and interact with Sailors, though visitors are asked to secure a reservation for a tour through the Los Angeles Fleet Week website,

All visitors and media will require an escort within the security perimeter at the pier and on board the ships at all times. When arriving for public tours, visitors are recommended to wear flat-heeled, closed-toe shoes and are encouraged to bring as few items as possible. Visitors are subject to search prior to entering the security zone, and will be required to present a photo ID and pass through an airport-style security screening checkpoint prior to boarding the ships. Media should be prepared to present two forms of ID: one from their affiliation and one government-issued photo identification.

Prohibited items aboard 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 -Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (e-cigs), and associated devices

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