SOURCE: San Francisco Fleet Week Association

San Francisco Fleet Week Association

October 05, 2010 14:15 ET

Weeklong Series of Free Family-Friendly Events Has Focus on Emergency Preparedness Honoring the City's "NERT" and "CERT" Teams

Highlights Include Parade of Ships, Tours and The Blue Angels

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - October 5, 2010) - Ahoy! The Fleet is in -- and how! From October 7 - 12, 2010, San Francisco opens its arms and piers to the grandest Fleet Week ( in more than 20 years. With more ships, more sailors, more Marines, more free family friendly events than years past and a new focus on emergency preparedness, this year's event has "put the fleet back in Fleet Week." Plus, as usual, the skilled naval aviators of "The Blue Angels" will thrill with their extraordinary airborne maneuvers and the public will get a chance to see the world's most environmentally-friendly military vessel -- dubbed "The Navy's Hybrid Ship" -- the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island. San Francisco Fleet Week: October 7 - 12, 2010

"This will be the biggest and best Fleet Week in more than twenty years," said San Francisco Fleet Week Chairman, Major General Michael J. Myatt.

San Francisco and Fleet Week share a long and storied history that originated in 1908 with the arrival of the "Great White Fleet" to the Bay during their round-the-world 14-month long voyage. Over the years, millions more San Franciscans have welcomed the United States Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard, making its Fleet Week one of the City's most treasured traditions. Under the leadership of then Mayor Dianne Feinstein, the modern Fleet Week tradition began in 1981, honoring the dedicated men and women of the Armed Forces and their colleagues.

"From the moment in July 1846 when Marines from the USS Portsmouth raised the flag over what is now Portsmouth Square in San Francisco's Chinatown until now, this City has rolled out a welcoming gangway for our men and women in uniform," said Mayor Gavin Newsom. "We're also looking forward to hosting the USS Makin Island, representing the next generation of environmentally friendly ships."

The San Francisco Fleet Week Association is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to honor the dedication to duty and sacrifices of the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces and to conduct and offer disaster preparedness training. Its honorary Co-Chairpersons are United States Senator Dianne Feinstein and former Secretary of State George P. Shultz.

For an up-to-the-minute schedule of public events go online at

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