Los Angeles hosts Inaugural Fleet Week

Guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) and amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6), with 170 embarked Marines from I Marine Expeditionary Force, arrived at Port of Los Angeles to kick-off the inaugural Los Angeles Fleet Week, which runs Aug. 30 to Sept. 5.

Coast Guard Cutter Active (WMEC 618), which arrives Sept. 1, will participate alongside members of Coast Guard units from throughout the U.S. as well.

Los Angeles Fleet Week celebrates and honors the nation’s sea services, facilitates annual disaster preparedness training between the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and local first responders, and offers the public an opportunity to tour ships and interact with service members to gain a better understanding of how maritime forces support national defense and freedom of the seas.

Throughout the week, service members will also participate in a number of community service and community engagement projects and a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) exposition.

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.