SF Fleet Week kicks off an “Honor Sail” with the USS Michael Monsoor. Welcomed by the San Francisco Fire Department Boat St. Francis, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Pike , U.S. Army Corps Engineers M/V DIllard and San Francisco Police Department Marine Unit-3, the parade of ships honors the strong relationship between the City and County of San Francisco and the United States Navy. 

SF Fleet Week is proud to welcome live from San Diego the USS Essex as the host ship for “The Virtual Experience”. The Essex will be “open to the public” for virtual ship tours, interviews with sailors, and to learn about life on the ship. In addition, our friends up North the Royal Canadian Navy has provided us with 3 virtual ship tours where you can watch on all our social media platforms on Saturday.


The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) at anchor in the Gulf of Thailand.  Essex is the lead ship of the only forward-deployed U.S. Expeditionary Strike Group and serves as the flagship for Combined Task Force 76, the Navy's only forward-deployed amphibious force commander. Task Force 76 is headquartered at White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, Japan, with a detachment in Sasebo, Japan. (U.S. Navy photo/Chief Petty Officer Ty Swartz)

USS Essex (LHD-2) is a Wasp-class Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) in service with the United States Navy. The amphibious assault ship was built at what is now Huntington Ingalls Industries in Pascagoula, Mississippi. She was launched 23 February 1991 and commissioned on 17 October 1992 while moored at Naval Air Station (NAS) North Island. She is the fifth ship named for Essex County, Massachusetts. Essex served as the command ship for Expeditionary Strike Group Seven until replaced by USS Bonhomme Richard on 23 April 2012.

USS Michael Monsoor


Michael Monsoor was delivered to the Navy in April 2018, and commissioned on 26 January 2019, at Naval Air Station North Island. She is homeported at Naval Base San Diego.

USS Michael Monsoor (DDG-1001) is the second ship of the Zumwalt class of guided-missile destroyers. The Zumwalts were designed as multi-mission surface combatants tailored for advanced land attack and littoral dominance with a mission of providing credible, independent forward presence and deterrence and operating as integral parts of naval, joint, or combined maritime forces. Their main guns are a pair of Advanced Gun Systems (AGS). Because the AGS is currently unusable due to a suspension of its ammunition development program, they cannot provide naval gunfire support and their mission is now surface warfare. Michael Monsoor is the second Zumwalt-class destroyer.

Her Majesty's Canadian Ship (HMCS) Harry DeWolf


The Arctic and Offshore Patrol Vessel, designated the Harry DeWolf-class, will enhance the RCN’s ability to assert Canadian sovereignty in the Arctic and coastal Canadian waters, and support international operations as required. This is the first time in our 110-year history that the RCN is naming a class after a prominent Canadian Navy figure. The remainder in the class will be named to honour other prominent Royal Canadian Navy heroes who served their country with the highest distinction. The ship was delivered to the RCN on July 31st, 2020, built-in Halifax, Nova Scotia by Irving Shipyards.

Her Majesty's Canadian Ship (HMCS) Toronto


Third of her class, Toronto was commissioned in her namesake city on July 29, 1993. She was the first Canadian warship to participate in Operation ALTAIR and while in the theatre of operations played an active role in Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO), conducting 1,300 hails and 123 boardings while patrolling the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Oman.

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Calgary

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) CALGARY at anchorage in Plumper Sound to conduct a Battle of the Atlantic 75th anniversary ceremony, on 3 May 2020. HMCS CALGARY is currently at sea in preparation for Operation LASER off the coast of Vancouver Island. Operation LASER is the Canadian Armed Forces response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The ships will remain at sea for the time being to be prepared to respond to Op LASER or Op LENTUS tasks, as required.Photo: Corporal Jay Naples, MARPAC Imaging Services

The Halifax Class frigate Calgary arrived on June 28, 1994 at Halifax. She was commissioned on May 12, 1995 in Esquimalt, British Columbia. She is the second ship to carry the name. Ships motto, Onward.