Fleet Week Kicks Off in New York With Parade of Ships

By Richard Moore
Richard Moore
Richard Moore
May 25, 2022 Updated: May 25, 2022

New York put on a beautiful morning on May 25 to welcome visiting naval vessels in the city to celebrate Fleet Week.

After a two-year pause due to the pandemic, the event returned—leading off with the traditional parade of ships into New York harbor and then up the Hudson River.

Fleet Week is a celebration of the United States’ naval forces, including the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marines, and the U.S. Coast Guard.

Taking part in the early-morning procession led by a Coast Guard cutter were the flagship USS Bataan, the seagoing Coast Guard buoy tender USCGC Sycamore, the British Royal Navy’s HMS Protector, USCGC Dependable, USS Milwaukee, and smaller U.S. Naval Academy craft.

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USS Bataan is escorted by one of several tugs to her dock at Manhattan’s Pier 88 on May 25. (Richard Moore/The Epoch Times)

The USS Bataan is a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship that can carry a mix of aircraft depending upon the warship’s mission.

They include: Harrier II attack aircraft, F-35B Light ending stealth fighters, Super Cobra attack helicopters, Osprey assault support tilt rotors, Super Stallion heavy-lift choppers, and anti-submarine helicopters.

During Fleet Week (May 26–May 31) ship tours are being conducted between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

There will be no public access on May 29.

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The Royal Navy’s HMS Protector sails up the Hudson River in New York on May 25, 2022. (Richard Moore/The Epoch Times)
Potential visitors are being asked to be prepared to show proof of COVID-19 vaccinations and wear a mask.

The vessels are docked at:

Manhattan Pier 88 south—USS Bataan (Norfolk, Va.)

Manhattan Pier 90 north—HMS Protector (United Kingdom); Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.
Pier 86—four Yard Patrol Boats from U.S. Naval Academy.
Staten Island Homeport Pier—USS Milwaukee (Mayport, Fla.); USCGC Dependable (Virginia Beach, Va.); USCGC Sycamore (Newport, R.I.)
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Black Hawk helicopters completed long loops above the Hudson River in New York while keeping an eye on the naval vessels heading along the waterway. (Richard Moore/The Epoch Times)
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USS Milwaukee, a near-shore combat ship, helps kick off Fleet Week in New York on May 25, 2022. (Richard Moore/The Epoch Times)
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Coast Guard tender USCGC Sycamore in New York on May 25, 2022. (Richard Moore/The Epoch Times)
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A Coast Guard cutter on the Hudson River in New York on May 25, 2022. (Richard Moore/The Epoch Times)
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A clarinetist, part of a small U.S. Navy band, plays on Pier 76, in Manhattan, as the fleet entered New York’s Hudson River on May 25, 2022. (Richard Moore/The Epoch Times)
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Black Hawk helicopters patrolled the Hudson River during the naval parade on May 25, 2022. (Richard Moore/The Epoch Times)
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Close-up of a Black Hawk on May 25, 2022. (Richard Moore/The Epoch Times)
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Sailors and Marines on board USS Bataan line the railing as the ship sails up the Hudson River, New York, on May 25, 2022. (Richard Moore/The Epoch Times)
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USS Bataan slows ready to dock at Pier 88 in Manhattan on May 25, 2022. (Richard Moore/The Epoch Times)