San Diego Fleet Week Begins!
The amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset (LPD 25), the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG 71), and the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) are scheduled to participate in San Diego Fleet Week Sept. 18-20.
Somerset and Cape St. George will be making the transit to Naval Air Station North Island on Sept. 17, followed by Wayne E. Meyer on Sept. 18. All three ships will be open for public visitation Saturday and Sunday, Sep. 19-20. These ship tours provide an excellent opportunity for the officers and crew of participating ships to demonstrate the quality of naval personnel to the citizens of San Diego. Naval participation in this annual fleet week assists in educating San Diego-area leaders and the general public about the U.S. Navy as an effective and vital tool of national defense and a viable career opportunity for young men and women.
The public is strongly encouraged to come see the ships, and meet the Sailors. Come to Naval Air Station North Island’s main gate and ask to tour the ships. From there you will be directed to the visitor tour center at Speed Fest. Visitors are required to have a government issued photo id and are requested to leave behind any objects, such as 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, to include marijuana, 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), stroller and drinks, other than water, to facilitate security screenings.
U.S. 3rd Fleet leads naval forces in the Eastern Pacific from the West Coast of North America to the international date line and provides the realistic, relevant training necessary for an effective global Navy.
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