Posted by: arbeam | July 23, 2017

August 1-6: Seattle Seafair Fleet Week


Seafair Fleet Week has been a tradition in Seattle since 1950 with multiple ships annually coming into the Port of Seattle to celebrate this region’s premier summertime festival. In partnership with Navy League Seattle Council and Port of Seattle, Seafair Fleet Week honors the men and women of the military who proudly and courageously serve our country!

Title: Seattle Torchlight Parade 
Date: Saturday July 29
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Seattle Fairgrounds down 4th Ave to Downtown
Seafair Torchlight FanFest

You don’t have to wait for the parade to start to have fun with Seafair! Torchlight FanFest at Seattle Center has everything you need to get excited for our iconic parade. Guests can preview parade units and floats along Mercer Street, see Seafair personalities, explore exhibit booths and enjoy food vendors. This is your chance to get up close and personal with the Blue Angels balloon, Albert Lee hydroplane, Seafair’s Pirate Moby Duck and more! This event is FREE to the public.

Alaska Airlines Seafair Torchlight Parade

Later in the evening, the Alaska Airlines Seafair Torchlight Parade starts at 7:30 p.m. at Seattle Center and continues down 4th Avenue in downtown Seattle. The Parade will be broadcasted live on KIRO 7. 150,000 spectators and over 100 community floats, bands, drill teams and giant helium balloons join in for the most magical night of summer in Seattle: Seafair Torchlight Night.

Wednesday, August 2
1:00 pm – 2:45 pm
Parade of Ships & Navy Band
Elliott Bay & Seattle waterfront
Pier 66

Description: The Fleet will make its entrance into Elliott Bay accompanied by the spray of the Seattle Fire Department boat. The Navy Blue Angels will fly over.

USS ANCHORAGE (LPD-23) Pier 90 The primary mission of the U.S.S. ANCHORAGE is to embark, transport and land elements of a U.S. Marine Corps landing force in a variety of expeditionary and special operations capable missions using expeditionary fighting vehicles (EFVs); landing craft, air cushion (LCAC); tilt-rotor MV-22 Ospreys and CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters.

USS MICHAEL MURPHY (DDG-122) Pier 66 The USS MICHAEL MURPHY is a multi-mission guided missile destroyer designed to defend against air, surface, subsurface threats, and conduct strike operations.  MICHAEL MURPHY is built around the AEGIS weapon system, which employs the AN/SPY-1D(V) phased array radar. It is fully integrated with the ship’s weapons systems such as the Standard (surface to air) missile, the Evolved Sea Sparrow (ESSM) missile, and the ship’s 5” 62 caliber gun. She is equipped with vertically launched anti-submarine rocket torpedoes (ASROC) and over-the-side launched MK46 torpedoes to combat submarine threats.

(WHEC 717) Pier 66 The MELLON is the third in her class of seven high endurance cutters built by Avondale Shipyards. A high-endurance cutter is designed to remain at sea for extended periods of time to undertake mid-ocean search and rescue operations, as well as law enforcement and national security missions. She capable of completing all Coast Guard missions.

Royal Canadian Navy

HMCS YELLOWKNIFE (MM-706) and HMCS EDMONTON (MM-703) Pier 69 Kingston-class Coastal Defence Vessel. The Kingston class was designed to fill the minesweeper, coastal patrol and reserve training needs of the Canadian Forces. The vessels are equipped to carry an AN/SQS-511 towed side scan sonar for minesweeping and a Remote-control Mine Hunting System (RMHS). The vessels were equipped with one Bofors 40 mm/60 calibre Mk 5C gun and two M2 machine guns

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
United States Coast Guard Search and Rescue (SAR) Demonstration
Elliot Bay & Seattle waterfront
Audio narration provided at Pier 66

Title: Ship Tours 
Date: Thursday, August 3 to Sunday, August 6
Time: 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Pier 66 USS Michael Murphy (DDG-112)
USCGC MELLON (WHEC 717) Thurs, Friday 9-12 Only
Pier 69 HMCS Edmonton (MM-703)
HMCS Yellowknife (MM-706)
Pier 90 USS Anchorage LPD-23 Thurs, Fri (2-8PM), Sat (9-2PM), Sun

Safety Notes

  • Comfortable supportive shoes are recommended for anyone visiting the ships – no flip-flops, open-toe shoes, or high heels
  • Please note that the ships are not handicap accessible – you must be in good physical condition to navigate the stairs and ladders
  • Cameras are permitted
  • No smoking aboard any ship or anywhere on the pier
  • No strollers
  • Souvenirs from the ships will be available for sale (cash only) either on the ship or at a table near the exit
  • Special consideration will be given to items that accompany the elderly, small children, and handicapped visitors
  • There is no storage available nor can we hold items that are barred from entry to the pier or ships
  • Please note: While on board any Canadian ship, you are subject to Canadian laws (and outside United States jurisdiction).

Prohibited Items

  • Large bags and backpacks; small camera bags and purses will be permitted
  • Camera lenses larger than 100mm
  • Glass Bottles
  • Banners, posters, or signs
  • Pets, with the exception of service animals
  • Guns, knives, clubs, or weapons of any kind
  • Mace, pepper spray, spray cans, or other defensive sprays and chemicals
  • Fireworks or explosives
  • Flammable liquids or aerosol spray cans
  • Skateboard, bicycles, strollers
  • Alcohol
  • Illegal drugs (to include marijuana) and related paraphernalia
  • The U.S. Navy reserves the right to prohibit other items not listed above.

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