35th Annual San Francisco Fleet Week Set to Kick-Off

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SAN FRANCISCO 2015—The 35th Annual San Francisco Fleet Week celebration is set to kick off Mon. Oct. 5-12, 2015. More than 2,300 U.S. Marines and Sailors will join San Francisco-based U.S. Coast Guard during the 2015 Salute to our Sea Services.

“We are excited to bring back one of San Francisco’s oldest maritime traditions this year,” said Mayor Edwin M. Lee. “In the City that can, San Francisco’s Fleet Week is the only event in our country that combines the traditional air show and parade of ships with critical disaster response and emergency preparedness training to showcase our City’s and our residents’ resiliency.”

“San Francisco Fleet Week is a great opportunity to conduct joint military and civilian training programs,” said SF Fleet Week Chairman Major General Mike Myatt, USMC (ret). “The great celebrations happen while also focusing on unique training exercises and disaster preparedness discussions between our military and civic leaders. The partnership that Fleet Week has with the City of San Francisco is unparalleled.”

San Francisco Fleet Week, the SF Department of Emergency Management and the Port of San Francisco are partnering in a training exercise with the U.S. Navy on Mon. Oct. 5. The Rehearsal of Concept Drill will feature two civilian and two military disaster response vehicles as they are off-loaded from a U.S. Navy landing vessel adjacent to the Mariposa Yacht Club. Concurrently eight disaster response vehicles will load onto the Department of Transportation Maritime Administration (MARAD) M/V CAPE HUDSON docked at Pier 50. Immediately following the exercise, Mayor Edwin M. Lee will hold the 2015 SF Fleet Week press conference aboard the M/C CAPE HUDSON from 11:30 a.m. to 12:00pm to officially welcome the fleet to SF and kick-off the week’s festivities.

Six active naval vessels will be docked along the Port of San Francisco at SF Piers 15/17, 30/32 and 80 and will include four U.S. Navy ships including the USS SOMERSET LPD 25, USS CAPE ST. GEORGE CG 71, USS CORONADO LCS 4, USS STOCKDALE DDG 106, one Coast Guard Cutter, the USCGC BOUTWELL WHEC 719 and the Royal Canadian Naval vessel, HMCS CALGARY FFH 335.

The week-long event will also feature disaster capabilities, training exercises and senior leader talks, community relations projects, band concerts, ship tours, a parade of ships, veterans art show, MV-22 Osprey aviation demonstrations, and the popular Bark at the Park featuring military and civilian K-9 demonstrations in Duboce Park. New in 2015, the first SF Fleet Week Veterans Summit in partnership with Military.com and Vets in Tech will take place on Tues. Oct. 6 and the first SF Fleet Week Off the Grid Fleet Fest presented by Lyft, Oct. 10-11. The week’s events will be highlighted by the the Marina Green Humanitarian Assistance Village and signature SF Fleet Week Air Show featuring the Blue Angels Oct. 9-11. SF Fleet Week will conclude on Mon. Oct. 12 with the SF Fleet Week High School Band Challenge. All ships depart on Oct. 13.

“We all have a different reason to celebrate Fleet Week in San Francisco and are excited for a week dedicated to celebrating our men and women in uniform,” said Lewis Loeven, Executive Director, San Francisco Fleet Week. “Were also excited about the first ever Fleet Fest at Pier 80, a family environment for all to enjoy, as well as veterans hiring events, veterans art shows, tribute concerts and of course the always crowd pleasing Fleet Week Air show, featuring the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels roaring over the San Francisco skyline.”

Media should contact Garth Langley, SF Fleet Week Public Affairs Officer for media queries at glangley@fleetweeksf.org or 650-787-5972.


Key Links:

2015 logo approved for credentialed media use:

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2015 Hashtags:

#FleetWeekSF

#WeAreFleetWeek

#SelfieWithASailor

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Support SF Fleet Week via GoFundMe: Buy A Burger for a Sailor

Please help us by supporting The Buy a Burger for a Sailor GoFundMe. It’s the perfect way to give back to Fleet Week so we can continue to deliver San Francisco’s proudest maritime tradition to future generations. Our tribute event to the men and women of the US Armed Forces consists of a week-long series of Humanitarian and Disaster Response training exercises, demonstrations, celebrations, Veterans art shows, band concerts, community relations projects and the SF Fleet Week Air Show featuring the Blue Angels. Your contribution makes it possible to feed the troops at the Annual Crew BBQ, Bark at the Park, Urban Search and Rescue Training on Treasure Island and at Fleet Fest.

Read more: www.gofundme.com/BuyABurger


Schedule of Events

Monday Oct. 5:

6:00am-12:00pm: Humanitarian Assistance & Disaster Response Training Exercise/ Demonstration at M/V CAPE HUDSON, Pier 50.

11:30am-12:00pm: Mayor’s Press Conference aboard the M/V CAPE HUDSON. Media should arrive at the M/V CAPE HUDSON by 11:00am.

12:00pm: USS SOMERSET, LPD 25 arrives into the Port (30/32)

 

Tuesday Oct. 6:

8:00am-9:00am: Palo Alto VA Hospital visit

8:00am-5:00pm: SF Fleet Week Veterans Summit — https://www.facebook.com/events/1654963134761584/

10:00am-3:00pm: U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey Interoperability training at Moffett Federal Airfield. Media should arrive at 9:30am.

Points of contact: 1st Lt Roderick Bersamina, roderick.b.bersamina.mil@mail.mil, 650-603-9152, Capt. Agustin Solivan 717-433-5053, agustinsolivan@gmail.com, 1st Lt Christopher Harrison 512-940-1051, crharrison12@gmail.com

 

Wednesday Oct. 7:

Morning-Afternoon: SF Fleet Week vessels arrive into the Port (15/17; 80)

8:00am-12:00pm: Senior Leaders Seminar at Marines’ Memorial Club

10:00am-5:00pm: Veteran’s Art Exhibit by the Fleet Week SF Association and the Academy of Art University at the Top Floor of The Cannery at Fisherman’s Wharf — https://www.facebook.com/events/1612202702401824/

8:00am-2:00pm: Urban Search and Rescue Training by SFFD at Treasure Island. Media invited only. Not a public event

10:00am: U.S. Navy Band performs at SF VA Hospital

12:00pm-1:00pm: U.S. Navy Band performs at Noe Valley Square (3861 24th Street) between Sanchez and Vicksburg Streets

1:00pm-3:00pm: San Francisco VA Hospital visit

2:00pm-3:00pm: UCSF Hospital visit

4:00pm: U.S. Navy Band performs at Pier 39

 

Thursday Oct. 8:

8:00am-2:30pm: Fleet Week Softball Tournament at Moscone Field

8:00am-12:00pm: Senior Leaders Seminar at Marines’ Memorial Club

9:00am-12:00pm: Golden Gate National Recreation Area Park/ Restoration cleanup

10:00am-2:00 pm: Ship Tours at SF Piers 15/17, 30-32 and 80 — https://www.facebook.com/events/1497309147251537/

10:00am-5:00pm: Veteran’s Art Exhibit by the SF Fleet Week Association and the Academy of Art University at the Top Floor of The Cannery at Fisherman’s Wharf

10:00am-2:00 pm: Ship tours at SF Piers 15/17, 30-32 and 80 — https://www.facebook.com/events/1612202702401824/

11:00am- U.S. Navy Band performs at Moscone Softball Tournament

2:00pm-4:00pm: Blue Angels SF Fleet Week Air Show Practice

4:00pm: U.S. Navy Band performs at Pier 39

6:00pm-8:00 pm: Honor Our Fallen Tribute Concert. Special program in honor of the fallen heroes of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. Concert features the 1st Marine Division Band at the Marines Memorial Club — https://www.facebook.com/events/1475668076084155/

 

Friday Oct. 9:

9:00am-1:00pm: St. Anthony’s Community Relations Visit

9:00am-5:00pm: Marina Green Festival & Humanitarian Village

10:00am-5:00pm: Veteran’s Art Exhibit by the SF Fleet Week Association and the Academy of Art University at the Top Floor of The Cannery at Fisherman’s Wharf — https://www.facebook.com/events/1612202702401824/

11:00am-12:30pm: 1st Marine Division Band performs at Powell/ Market Streets and marches toward Union Square. — https://www.facebook.com/events/1645463472366570/

11:00am: U.S. Navy Band performs at Pier 39

11:00am: San Francisco Fleet Week Annual Parade of Ships!

Lead by the SF Fire Department fireboat GUARDIAN, the first ship under the Golden Gate Bridge at 11:00 am will be USS CAPE ST. GEORGE — https://www.facebook.com/events/1497309147251537/

4:00pm: 1st Marine Division Band performs at Pier 39 — https://www.facebook.com/events/1645463472366570/

11:00am-12:30pm: Parade of Ships — https://www.facebook.com/events/1497309147251537/

12:30pm-4:00pm: SF Fleet Week Air Show

6:00pm: U.S. Navy Band performs at Ferry Building

 

Saturday Oct. 10:

9:00am-5:00pm: Marina Green Festival & Humanitarian Village

9:00am-4:00pm: Ship Tours at SF Piers 15/17, 30-32 and Pier 80 — https://www.facebook.com/events/1497309147251537/

10:00am-12:00pm: Bark at the Park-K9 Heroes in Duboce Park (Intersection of Steiner and Duboce Streets) — https://www.facebook.com/events/428280570694169/

10:00am-5:00pm: Veteran’s Art Exhibit by the SF Fleet Week Association and the Academy of Art University at the Top Floor of The Cannery at Fisherman’s Wharf. — https://www.facebook.com/events/1612202702401824/

10:00am-6:00pm: Off the Grid Fleet Fest presented by Lyft @Pier 80 — https://www.facebook.com/events/472109559629116/

11:00am-12:30pm: 1st Marine Division Band performs at Powell/ Market Streets and marches toward Union Square — https://www.facebook.com/events/1645463472366570/

11:00am: U.S. Navy Band performs at Pier 39

12:30pm-4:00pm: SF Fleet Week Air Show

3:00pm: U.S. Navy Band performs at Off the Grid Fleet Fest presented by Lyft @Pier 80

6:10pm-6:50pm: U.S. Navy Blue Angels Meet and Greet @Pier 39 Entrance

 

Sunday Oct. 11:

9:00am-5:00pm: Marina Green Festival & Humanitarian Village

9:00 am-4:00 pm: Ship tours at SF Pier 30-32, and 80 — https://www.facebook.com/events/1497309147251537/

10:00am-5:00pm: Veteran’s Art Exhibit by the Fleet Week SF Association and the Academy of Art University at the Top Floor of The Cannery at Fisherman’s Wharf — https://www.facebook.com/events/1612202702401824/

10:00am-6:00pm: Off the Grid Fleet Fest presented by Lyft @ Pier 80 — https://www.facebook.com/events/472109559629116/

11:00am: U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Band performs at Pier 39

12:00pm-2:00pm: Italian Heritage Parade. North Beach. U.S. Navy and Marine Bands march/ perform. Contingents of service members from the U.S. Coast Guard, Navy and Marines will march in the parade

12:30pm-4:00pm: SF Fleet Week Air Show

 

Monday Oct. 12:

9:00 am – 4:00 pm: Ship Tours at SF Pier 15/17, 30-32 and Pier 80 — https://www.facebook.com/events/1497309147251537/

10:00am-12:30pm: SF Fleet Week High School Band Challenge — https://www.facebook.com/events/786475801461434/

 

Tuesday, October 13:

San Francisco Fleet Week vessels depart the Port of San Francisco

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Public Affairs Office

Commander, U.S. Third Fleet

www.c3f.navy.mil


Fleet Week Kicks off in San Francisco

By Commander, U.S. Third Fleet Public Affairs

SAN FRANCISCO– Amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset (LPD 25), guided-missile cruiser

USS Cape St. George (CG 71), guided-missile destroyer USS Stockdale (DDG 106) and littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4), along with U.S. Coast Guard cutter Boutwell (WHEC 719) and Royal Canadian Navy ship HMCS Calgary (FFH335), will participate in San Francisco Fleet October 5-12.

San Francisco Fleet Week 2015 is an opportunity for the American public to meet their Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard team and experience America’s sea services. More than 2,000 Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen are scheduled to take part in San Francisco Fleet Week 2015 to celebrate the rich history of America’s naval forces and the Bay Area. This engagement will highlight naval personnel, equipment, technology and capabilities with an emphasis on humanitarian assistance and disaster response (HA/DR).

Throughout the week, Sailors will have an opportunity to engage with the local community in a series of service projects and enjoy premier events including the Blue Angels air show and parade of ships. The Navy Blue Angels are scheduled to perform at the air show on Oct. 10-11.

Additionally, San Francisco citizens will have opportunities to tour the ships and meet Sailors. Tours aboard Somerset, Cape St. George, Stockdale, Coronado, and Boutwell are scheduled for Oct. 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Oct.10-12 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tours aboard Calgary are scheduled for Oct. 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Oct.10 and 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend tours and interact with Sailors.

Prohibited items on board include the following:

  • 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 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)
  • Strollers

 

Media Opportunities

During the ships’ visit to San Francisco, media are encouraged to contact Public Affairs Officers Lieutenant Russ Wolfkiel by telephone at (619) 572-9456 and Lieutenant Dawn Stankus by telephone at (847) 533-3296 regarding access to the ship, to arrange interviews with Sailors or to request other related information. Please note that the ship docking process takes up to an hour after arrival.

All visitors and media require escort within the security perimeter at the pier and on board the ships at all times. Access to U.S. Navy ships must be arranged with Navy Public Affairs prior to arriving at the security checkpoint. Media should be prepared to present two forms of identification: one from their affiliation and one government-issued photo identification.

— USN –


San Francisco Fleet Week 2015 kicks off

U.S. Coast Guard

ALAMEDA, Calif. — Fleet Week kicks off in the Bay Area with the Parade of Ships arrival to the Port of San Francisco and other events open to the public Oct. 5-12.

With the Bay Area’s largest military presence totaling more than 4,000 men and women based in San Francisco, Coast Guard personnel and assets will participate and provide maritime security for the Fleet Week events. These Coast Guard personnel perform a variety of missions including search and rescue, maritime law enforcement, inspections, fisheries enforcement, aids to navigation, port security, anti-terrorism patrols, environmental protection and illegal drug and migrant interdiction.

A variety of ship tours, food trucks and static displays from all five branches of the Armed Services will be set up at the Pier 80 Village. The U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, the California Air National Guard’s 129th Air Rescue Wing, and the Royal Canadian Navy are scheduled tp participate in Fleet Week events along the San Francisco waterfront.

The public can expect an increased presence of Coast Guard vessels in San Francisco Bay to ensure safety and security for mariners and the Parade of Ships. The Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell, USS Stockdale, USS Mobile Bay and USS Coronado, along with the HMCS Calgary, make up the Parade of Ships that are scheduled to arrive at the Port of San Francisco Oct. 7.

The Coast Guard Captain of the Port San Francisco has enacted a special local regulation for this year’s on-water Fleet Week activities held Oct. 8-11 to ensure the safety of participants and spectators on San Francisco Bay. Traffic will be restricted throughout most of the Central Bay from the Golden Gate Bridge, south of Alcatraz, to just south of the Bay Bridge. This is to accommodate the Parade of Ships as they pass under the Golden Gate Bridge to their assigned moorings in San Francisco. No vessel will be permitted to cross the parade line or interfere with the safe transit of the parade participants in any way. A 500-yard protective zone will also be enforced around each naval vessel the entire time they are in port.

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels will rehearse for the air show Oct. 8-9 at San Francisco International Airport at approximately 12 p.m. From Oct. 10-11, the Blue Angels will participate in the air show from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

For the awareness of mariners and the public, below are graphics of regulated areas for the Parade of Ships and the Blue Angels, respectively.

Regulated Area “Alpha” for Navy Parade of Ships

Oct. 9,10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Regulated Area “Bravo” for U.S. Navy Blue Angels

Oct. 8, 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Oct. 9, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Oct. 10,12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Oct. 11,12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The best areas to observe the air shows and the Parade of Ships are north of the “Alpha” box for the parade and North of the “Bravo” box for the air show; east of Blossom Rock buoy; and from the shore.

For more information on this year’s events, contact the San Francisco Fleet Week Association at (415) 306-0911, or visit http://www.fleetweek.org/ for a complete list of events.

*Editors note: Requests for interviews of Coast Guardsmen and embeds aboard Coast Guard vessels during Fleet Week should be directed to the 11th Coast Guard District Public Affairs Office at (510) 772-8865.


Marine Corps Facts:

Number of Marines with California as their Home of Record

  • Active Duty: 21,827
  • Selected Reserve: 5,398

Number of Marines with a San Francisco Home of Record

  • Active Duty: 144
  • Selected Reserve: 63

Distinguished Visitor’s List:

  • Honorary Chairs
  • Honorable George P. Shultz
  • Senator Diane Feinstein
  • White House
  • Dr. Ernest Moniz, US Secretary of Energy
  • USCG
  • Vice Admiral Charles Ray, Commander, Coast Guard Pacific Area
  • Rear Admiral Joseph Servidio, Commander, Eleventh Coast Guard District
  • Captain Greg Stump, USCG, Captain of the Port of San Francisco
  • US Department of Transportation Maritime Administration
  • Mr. Joel Szabat, Executive Director
  • United States Marine Corps
  • Lieutenant General Rex McMillan, Commander, Marine Forces North
  • Brigadier General Ottignon, Commanding General, 1st Marine Logistics Group
  • Brigadier General David Coffman, Deputy Commanding General, I MEF
  • Brigadier General Banta, Commanding General, MCI-West, MCB Camp Pendleton
  • United States Navy
  • Vice Admiral Matthew Nathan, Surgeon General, USN
  • Vice Admiral Nora Tyson, Commander, Third Fleet
  • Rear Admiral Daniel Fillion, Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 3
  • Office of the Secretary of Defense Office
  • Robert Salesses, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense Integration and DSCA

International

  • Major General Dr. Kishore JB Rana, Nepal Army
  • FEMA Region IX
  • Mr. Robert Fenton, Regional Administrator
  • California National Guard
  • Brigadier General Matthew Beevers, Assistant Adjutant General
  • City and County of San Francisco
  • Mayor Edwin Lee, City and County of San Francisco
  • Anne Kronenberg, San Francisco Department of Emergency Management, Executive Director
  • Monique Moyer, Port of San Francisco, Executive Director
  • Edward Reiskin, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, Director of Transportation
  • Greg Suhr, San Francisco Police Department, Chief
  • Joanne Hayes White, San Francisco Fire Department, Chief
  • Mohammed Nuru, San Francisco Department of Public Works, Director