Kearsarge Visits New York for Fleet Week


Story Number: NNS060525-04Release Date: 5/25/2006 1:06:00 PM
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By Journalist 1st Class (SW) Robert Keilman, USS Kearsarge Public Affairs

MANHATTAN, N.Y. (NNS) -- More than 1,000 Sailors and 600 Marines aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) arrived in New York May 24 for Fleet Week 2006.

Kearsarge, along with seven other U.S. naval ships will visit Manhattan and Staten Island for the annual celebration from May 24-31.

"Fleet Week allows us to show the character of our Sailors and Marines and the quality of the Kearsarge's, equipment, technology and capabilities," said Capt. Joseph Sensi, Kearsarge's commanding officer. "We thank New York for showing such appreciation and support for those of us who serve."

During their visit, Kearsarge Sailors and Marines will participate in various community relation projects and parades. They will enjoy great tours and other festivities New York has to offer.

"I'm looking forward to shopping at various stores in New York, as well as visiting sites like Ground Zero and the Statue of Liberty," said Information Systems Technician 3rd Class James Conerly of Kearsarge's Automated Data Processing Division.

While some Sailors will enjoy shopping and taking tours, others will spend time meeting locals in the 'Big Apple.'

"New Yorkers are very appreciative of their Sailors and I'm excited to meet some of them," said Aviation Electronics Technician 1st Class (AW) Marcus Spears of Kearsarge's Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department. "I'm also looking forward to trying some real New York pizza and eating in some of the city's most famous restaurants."

During the transit from Verazano-Narrows Bridge to Manhattan, Kearsarge hosted more than 200 distinguished visitors from the U.S. Navy League, local business executives, and veterans.

Additionally, the starring cast of 20th Century Fox's new movie, "X-Men III: The Last Stand", visited Kearsarge upon her arrival to New York. Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry and Kelsey Grammer toured the ship and graciously met Sailors and Marines while signing autographs and posing for pictures.

For related news, visit the USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) Navy NewsStand page at www.news.navy.mil/local/lhd3/.

 
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Sailors spell out the message I Love New York on the flight deck aboard the amphibious assault Ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) as they enter the harbor for Fleet Week New York City 2006.
060524-N-7921G-211 New York Harbor (May 24, 2006) - Sailors spell out the message "I Love New York" on the flight deck aboard the amphibious assault Ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) as they enter the harbor for Fleet Week New York City 2006. Fleet Week has been sponsored by New York City since 1984 in celebration of the United States sea service. The annual event also provides an opportunity for citizens of New York City and the surrounding Tri-State area to meet Sailors, and Marines, as well as witness first hand the latest capabilities of todayUs Navy and Marine Corps team. Fleet week includes dozens of military demonstrations and displays, including public tours of many of the participating ships. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Aaron Glover (RELEASED)
May 25, 2006
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