SAN FRANCISCO - The amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6), guided-missile cruiser USS Chosin (CG 65) and guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 100) will participate in San Francisco Fleet Week October 6-13.
The Navy ships are the first to return to San Francisco Fleet Week since 2012. Budget uncertainty caused by sequestration prevented the Navy from participating in 2013.
San Francisco Fleet Week 2014 (SFFW 14) is an opportunity for the American public to meet their Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard team and experience America's sea services. More than 2,500 Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen are scheduled to take part in SFFW 14 to celebrate the rich history of America's naval forces and the Bay Area. This engagement will highlight naval personnel, equipment, technology and capabilities with an emphasis on humanitarian assistance and disaster response (HA/DR).
Throughout the week, Sailors will have an opportunity to engage with the local community in a series of service projects and enjoy premier events including the return of the Blue Angels air show, parade of ships, and the commissioning of the Navy's newest ship, America. The Navy Blue Angels are scheduled to perform at the air show on Oct. 11-12.
Additionally, San Francisco citizens will have opportunities to tour the ships and meet Sailors. Tours aboard Chosin and Kidd are scheduled for October 11-13 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tours aboard America on Oct. 8 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Oct. 9 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Oct. 12-13 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend tours and interact with Sailors.
When touring the ships, visitors are encouraged to bring as few items as possible when arriving for their tour and are recommended to wear flat-heeled, closed-toe shoes. Prohibited items on board include:
- 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, diaper bags and large camera bags (small camera bags and small handbags may be permitted, but will be subject to search)
SFFW 14 will include a Senior Leadership Seminar (SLS) that focuses on Defense Support to Civil Authorities (DSCA), which brings leaders together from the military along with local, regional, state and federal agencies and the private sector to discuss their capabilities to respond to a natural disaster in the Bay Area. The SLS provides senior Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard leaders an opportunity to build partnerships with their local, state and regional counterparts that are involved in disaster preparedness and response.
U.S. 3rd Fleet leads Naval Forces in the Eastern Pacific from the West Coast of North America to the international dateline and provides the realistic, relevant training necessary for an effective global Navy.