San Diego Fleet Week opens Thursday and will include a series of events for the public, from ship and technology tours to music and cooking competitions, all focused on the US military.
The USS Montgomery (LCS 8), along with Marine Corps equipment from MCAS Miramar and Camp Pendleton, can be seen at downtown Broadway Pier, along with the US Coast Guard Cutter USCG Forrest Rednour (WPC 1129) .
San Diego businesses and Navy and Marine Corps commands will have exhibits in Sony’s “Innovation Zone” inside the Harbor Pavilion at Broadway Pier.
STEM Student Days, sponsored by the Judith Campbell Education and Community Foundation, began Thursday, giving approximately 3,000 students the opportunity to tour ships and visit exhibits to see the latest technologies used by the military and developed by the San Diego industries.
Free tours to view the ships and marine equipment will be open to the public from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, continuing from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
“We are truly thrilled with the response we have received from the San Diego business community and the Army for this year’s Innovation Zone,” said Bill Baugh, retired Army Colonel and chairman of the board of the San Diego Fleet Week Foundation.
In addition to military representatives from the Naval Information Warfare Center, Naval Medical Center and Naval Health and Research Center, companies supporting Fleet Week include General Atomics, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and San Diego Gas & Electric.
Other events that are part of Fleet Week include:
- Bands from the Navy and Marine Corps performed on the Fleet Week Stage over the weekend.
- A Meals Ready to Eat (MRE) cooking contest at noon Saturday and Sunday, to challenge Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard teams to create gourmet meals from standard field rations.
- Military Family Day at the Dock on Sunday, with games, activities and treats for military families, and an afternoon concert featuring Tim Hurley and his band.
- The BAE-sponsored Enlisted Recognition Luncheon, at SeaWorld’s Nautilus Pavilion on Tuesday.
- The General Atomics-sponsored Fleet Week/SDMAC Breakfast on Wednesday, with Vice Admiral Michael Boyle, Commander U.S. Third Fleet, as guest speaker, at the ADM Kidd Conference and Dining Center on Naval Base Point Loma, Harbor Drive Annex.
Forces from I Marine Expeditionary Force, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group 1, Littoral Combat Ship Squadron ONE, Navy Region Southwest, US Army Recruiting Battalion Southern California, Strike Group Oceanography Team San Diego and Coast Guard Sector San Diego are also participating.
The week ends with two major public events, on November 11 and 12.
The second annual Veterans Day Boat Parade, November 11, features pleasure boats decorated with patriotic themes. It starts at Shelter Island at noon, passes Harbor Island and the Embarcadero, before crossing to Coronado.
The two hours of events include the Coast Guard parade and demonstrations, vintage aircraft flyovers and parachute demonstrations.
Fleet Week concludes the following day with the return of the Fleet Week Football Classic to Snapdragon Stadium. San Diego State will face San Jose State.