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Fleet Week San Francisco, October 6th – 10th

Image Credit: Broadway World

Fleet Week is upon us again, and, as always, it promises to be full of activities and celebrations in honor of service men and women.  One of my favorite things to do on this weekend is to gather with a group of friends on Crissy Field with champagne and food and catch up, enjoy the (usually) sunny weather, and watch the Blue Angels fly overhead.

The mission of the San Francisco Fleet Week Association is stated as: “Our San Francisco Fleet Week 2011 mission is to continue to focus on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response preparations while we take this annual opportunity to host and thank the young men and women of the Naval Services for their selfless devotion to duty in safeguarding our Country“.

Photo Credit: sanfranweekend.com

Blue Angels
A total of 16 officers voluntarily serve with the Blue Angels. Each year the team typically selects three tactical (fighter or fighter/attack) jet pilots, two support officers and one Marine Corps C-130 pilot to relieve departing members.

They perform amazing acrobatics, and flying formations, often leaving you to wonder how they manage to fly so close to one another and not crash.  Their precision is amazing.  They perform on both Saturday and Sunday, at 3pm, as part of the Air Show.

The Air show itself starts at 12:30pm, and also includes:  Coast Guard HH-65 Rescue Demonstration, Patriots Jet Team, Navy EA-6B Prowlers, USAF B-2 Bomber, and USMC MV-22 Osprey, among others.

Parade of Ships
On Saturday, at 11 a.m., 13 ships, seven of which can be visited, will sail under the Golden Gate Bridge led by the USS Carl Vinson. All ships will berth along the northern San Francisco waterfront

Italian Heritage Parade
On Sunday, San Francisco’s 143rd Annual Italian Heritage Parade is the City’s oldest civic event and the nation’s oldest Italian-American parade and community celebration, established in 1868.  It winds its way from Fisherman’s Wharf to North Beach. The Parade begins at 12:30 pm at the foot of Jefferson and Stockton Streets in Fisherman’s Wharf, proceeds south through North Beach on Columbus Avenue, and ends in Washington Square in front of Sts. Peter and Paul Church.

Photo Credit: marinelink.com

Other weekend events of Fleet Week include:

Friday, October 7, 2011
Fleet Week Air Show Practice: 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

PIER 39 -Navy Band Southwest: Noon to 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Meet & Greet The Blue Angels near Aquarium of the Bay: 7:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

Interagency Softball Competition at Moscone Field in San Francisco: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.: SFPD, SFFD, USMC, USN.

Saturday, October 8, 2011
Ship Tour Pier 30-32, USS BONHOMME RICHARD, LHD: 8 a.m.to 4 p.m.

Marine Band performing at the Cable Car Turn Around in Union Square, then will march up to The Marines Memorial Club at 609 Sutter Street Fleet Week Air Show: 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Humanitarian Assistance Disaster Response Display on Marina Green: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

W Foundation’s Navy in Space Exhibit on Marina Green PIER 39-First Marine Division Band: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

LoveFool: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Marine Band Concert at Huntington Park: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Fleet Week Air Show: 12:30 p.m. t0 4 p.m.

Ship Tours Pier 27, USSS MILIUS, USS ANTIETAM, USS CHIEF: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ship Tour Pier 35, USCGC BERTHOLF, USCGC ALERT, HMCS OTTAWA: 8a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ship Tour Pier 30-32, USS BONHOMME RICHARD: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

PIER 39-Navy Band Southwest: Noon to 2 p.m.

Mustache Harbor: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

49ers Salute to the Fleet – Candlestick Park, 49ers vs Tampa Bay – The Marine Band will be playing at the entrances while fans enter the stadium, The Coast Guard will have a singer for The National Anthem for pre-game with two F-18s flying over. Halftime will consist of 150 future Marines/Sailors bringing out a large American Flag along with the Marine Band playing “Stars and Stripes Forever.” Following that, USN CF3 Captain Bryne will be doing a swear in on field for 20 future Marines/Sailors. Immediately after that, Air Force singer A1C Hokay will sing “God Bless the USA.”

Photo Credit: Coast Guard

Monday, October 10, 2011

Ship Tours Pier 27, USSS MILIUS, USS ANTIETAM, USS CHIEF: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ship Tour Pier 35, USCGC BERTHOLF, USCGC ALERT, HMCS OTTAWA: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ship Tour Pier 30-32, USS BONHOMME RICHARD: 8a.m. to 4 p.m.

2nd Annual Fleet Week Band Challenge GGPark Band Shell: 8a.m. to 1 p.m.

PIER 39 – Navy Band Southwest: Noon to 2 p.m.

TICKETS: Tickets are available on the website.

Enjoy the celebrations!

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