USS Bataan leads the Fleet Week vessel parade up the Hudson River. The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship is docked at Pier 88 and will be open to the public during Fleet Week. (Richard Moore/The Epoch Times)
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.
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.
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.)