Fleet Week

by Samantha Palmer

Fleet Week, taking place from May 23 to 30, 2007, is one event that should not be missed. Any person with a remote interest in the sea – and even those without any – will revel in the splendour of what Fleet Week has to offer. Thousands of sailors, marines, coast guardsmen and naval officers from around the world will participate in this year’s event. Having taken place almost every year since 1984, Fleet Week is New York’s way of thanking its servicemen as well as making the armed forces more accessible to the wider community.

This is also an opportunity for the US to show off its latest toys, with visitors to Fleet Week able to board certain vessels and watch the exhibitors demonstrate some of the newest naval technology on offer. Furthermore, there will also be international ships participating in Fleet Week and therefore an opportunity to see what other countries’ naval forces have to offer. Visitors to Fleet Week are also able to personally meet the personnel who man the vessels. In 2006, almost 100,000 people visited this event and this year the number is expected to grow.

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