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.
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