Warships in Hollywood
Inaugural LA Fleet Week comes to a close
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108), amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) and 170 embarked Marines from I Marine Expeditionary Force, departed the Port of Los Angeles, Sept. 6, bringing the inaugural Los Angeles Fleet Week to a close.
LA Fleet Week ran from Aug. 30 - Sept. 5 and offered the public the opportunity to tour the ships and interact with Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen. Los Angeles previously hosted LA Navy Days which introduced the city to the Navy but didn't include ship tours and interaction with the service members in their work environment.
Vice Adm. Nora Tyson, Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet, said LA Fleet Week provided the community with a better understanding of how maritime forces operate and promoted a better understanding of how the sea services support national defense and freedom of the seas.
"The demands for a sea service that is ready and capable are only increasing. We will continue to train and deploy our Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen wherever they are needed to keep our nation safe and prosperous. For us, LA Fleet Week was an opportunity to connect these extraordinary, young service members with the communities they serve.
We greatly appreciate the incredible hospitality the Los Angeles community provided, as well as the opportunity to recognize and renew our strong ties with each other as friends and neighbors." Vice Adm. Nora Tyson