Bonhomme Richard, Pinckney Arrive for San Francisco Fleet Week

Story Number: NNS081013-06Release Date: 10/13/2008 12:35:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW/AW) Jeffery J. Gabriel Jr., USS Bonhomme Richard Public Affairs

SAN FRANCISCO (NNS) -- More than 1,500 Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) and the guided missile destroyer USS Pinckney (DDG 91) arrived in San Francisco Oct. 12 for the city's annual Fleet Week celebration.

Fleet Week San Francisco, held since 1981, is an opportunity for the public to meet their Navy and Marine Corps team. It also allows the Navy and Marine Corps to showcase their personnel, equipment, technology and capabilities while highlighting the history they have with San Francisco.

During the three-day visit, Bonhomme Richard and Pinckney will host public ship visits and participate in various community events. This year's Fleet Week coincides with both the Navy's 233rd birthday as well as the 100th anniversary of the Great White Fleet.

Although San Francisco's Fleet Week has been an ongoing tradition for 27 years, for some Sailors it is their first visit to the area.

"I'm excited to meet civilians that appreciate what we do on a daily basis," said Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Fuels) Airman Kendra Kinzler, native of Atwater, Minn. "It will be a thrill to be in such a scenic area with people showing their gratitude towards Sailors."

"I can't wait to see the Golden Gate Bridge because it's an opportunity of a lifetime," said Airman Alicia Rice, a native of St. Louis. "I've seen it in movies, but now I will have the chance to gaze at it only yards away."

Also participating in Fleet Week San Francisco is the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf (WMSL-750).

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