SEATTLE (NNS) -- Sailors aboard the U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62), and guided-missile destroyer USS Howard (DDG 83) will arrive in Seattle the afternoon of July 29 for Seafair as part of the annual festival's Fleet Week, marking the return of the U.S. Navy after missing the event in 2013.
The three Navy ships, along with two Royal Canadian Navy ships, and one U.S. Coast Guard vessel, will be in Seattle to celebrate Seafair Fleet Week, a summer tradition in the Pacific Northwest since 1950. The vessels will be in the city offering public tours and participating in the annual festivities.
The Seattle visit offers the public an opportunity to tour aboard the ships and meet Sailors as they showcase the ships' capabilities. It also gives citizens a chance to gain a better understanding of how the sea services support the Maritime Strategy and national defense of the United States.
The Parade of Ships and Parade of Flight will take place in and over Elliott Bay on Wednesday, July 30 starting at approximately 1:45 p.m. Fleet Week ships will be open for public tours on piers 66, 69 and 90 from Thursday, July 31 through Sunday, Aug. 3. Times for tours will vary by ship from day-to-day. Please see below schedule for details.
When arriving for public tours, all visitors will be required to present a photo ID and pass through an airport-style security screening checkpoint prior to boarding the ships. All visitors are subject to search prior to entering the security zone. Visitors are encouraged to bring as few items as possible when arriving for their tour and are recommended to wear flat-heeled, closed-toe shoes.
Prohibited items aboard include the following:
- Open-toe shoes
- 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, to include marijuana, 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)
Pier / Ship Tour Opportunities
Pier 66: Thurs., July 31 - Sat., Aug. 2; 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
USS Chancellorsville Sun., Aug. 3; 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Pier 69: Thurs., July 31 - Fri., Aug. 1; 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
HMCS Brandon Closed Sat., Aug. 2
HMCS Edmonton Sun., Aug. 3; 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Pier 90: Thurs., July 31 - Sun., Aug. 3; 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
USS Essex (USCGC Mellon will not be open for tours on Fri, Aug. 1)
During the ships' visit to Seattle, media are encouraged to contact Public Affairs Specialists Liane Nakahara at (360) 340-5372 and Missy Anderson at (360) 340-4349, regarding access to the ship, to arrange interviews with Sailors or to request other related information.
* There will be an opportunity for media to cover a community service project being conducted by Sailors from USS Essex on July 31, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Northwest Harvest food bank.
* There will also be a "Battle of the Chefs" featuring service members on Aug. 2 at 3 p.m. at the Seafair weekend cooking stage at Lake Washington.
All media require escort within the security perimeter at the pier and aboard the ships at all times. Access to U.S. Navy ships must be arranged with Navy Public Affairs prior to arriving at the security checkpoints. Media should be prepared to present two forms of identification: one from their affiliation and one government-issued photo ID, such as a driver's license or passport.
For information about U.S. Coast Guard activities during Fleet Week, please contact Lt. Dana Warr at (206) 220-7223.
For information about U.S. Marine Corp activities during Fleet Week and Marine Week, please contact Capt. Agustin Solivar at (717) 433-5053.
For more news from Navy Public Affairs Support Element West, Det. Northwest, visit www.navy.mil/local/nwpacen/.