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35th annual Fleet Week kicks off along SF waterfront

– Beginning on Monday
and lasting through Oct. 12, San Francisco’s waterfront will see a wave
of military ships and planes passing through and over the bay, in
preparation for the signature air shows and ship parades the event is
known for.
The U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, the
California’s Air National Guard’s 129th Air Rescue Wing as well as the
Royal Canadian Navy will all participate in Fleet Week, event organizers
said.
The U.S. Navy Blue Angels will start rehearsing for their weekend
show Oct. 8 and 9 lifting off from San Francisco International Airport,
starting at noon. The official show will be on Oct. 10 and 11, from 1
p.m. to 4 p.m.
Additionally, a variety of ship tours, food trucks,
musical acts and static displays from all five branches of the Armed
Services will set up at the Pier 80 village for Fleet Fest, on Oct. 10
and 11, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., according to event organizers.
During
the festivities, the public can expect an increased presence of Coast
Guard vessels in the Bay to ensure safety and security for mariners and
the Parade of Ships, Coast Guard officials said.
Throughout the
week, the Coast Guard Captain of the Port of San Francisco will regulate
traffic on the Bay. Water traffic will be restricted throughout most of
the central bay from the Golden Gate Bridge, south of Alcatraz, to just
south of the Bay Bridge, according to the Coast Guard.
The
regulations are to accommodate the Parade of Ships, as they pass under
the bridge to their assigned stations, Coast Guard officials said.
No
vessel will be permitted to cross the parade line or interfere with the
safe transit of the parade’s participants. A 500-yard protective zone
will also be enforced around each naval vessel the entire time they are
in the port, according to the Coast Guard.
Fleet Week first began
in San Francisco in 1981 as a way to honor the contributions of the men
and women who serve in the armed forces, according to event organizers.

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