San Francisco Fleet Week 2014 Ends
San Francisco Fleet Week 2014 (SFFW 14) came to an end Oct. 13 after thousands of people came out to visit with America’s sea services.
The six-day long event included nearly 25,000 guests from the Bay Area who had the opportunity to tour Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chosin (CG 65), Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 100) and the Navy’s newest Amphibious Assault ship USS America (LHA 6).
SFFW 14 also included performances by the Navy’s Blue Angels flight demonstration team, multiple performances by the Navy Band Southwest, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief displays at The Marina Green Park, and the traditional Italian Heritage Day parade where Sailors marched down the street as they were cheered on by thousands of people.
SFFW 14 also included a Senior Leadership Symposium, which illustrated cooperation between the sea services and civil authorities. The two-day event brought together leaders 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 highlight of SFFW 14 was the commissioning of USS America, during which an overwhelming turnout of guests attended to watch the fourth ship of its name become the newest edition to the fleet.
Press Release, October 15, 2014; Image: US Navy