Maryland Fleet Week Begins in Baltimore, Features The Blue Angels and Large Vessels

| October 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

Information about Maryland Fleet Week is from VisitMaryland.org. Visit the site for complete details.

Welcoming Ceremony:

Maryland Fleet Week “Welcome Ceremony” – Governor Larry Hogan (invited) welcomes representatives from visiting U.S.Navy and Canadian vessels to Baltimore, Maryland. The event includes a performance by U.S. Navy Ceremonial Band, elected officials and sponsors. The event is free and open to the public (Amphitheater, Inner Harbor).

Wednesday from 4pm-5pm at the Inner Harbor

Vessels Visiting Baltimore From Visit Maryland:

More than a dozen vessels from Canada and various branches of the United States military will sail into the Port of Baltimore as part of the inaugural Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show Baltimore October 10-17. Baltimore is one of seven elite cities to host the U.S. Navy Fleet Week in 2016, and additionally, is honored to be the chosen location for the October 15th commissioning ceremony for the U.S. Navy’s newest vessel, the USS Zumwalt.

Ships arrive between 8am and 3pm on Wednesday, October 12. They will be docked at several locations, including the Fells Point Broadway Pier, Inner Harbor (West Wall, Piers 1 South, Pier 3 South, Pier 4 South, Pier 5 West and Pier 5 South) and North Locust Point (Pier 3 and Pier 4). In addition to using public transportation to get to the ships, visitors are encouraged to “Use Your Feet to See the Fleet.”

A public Welcome Ceremony will occur at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater beginning at 4pm and will feature a performance by the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Band. The remarks will be followed by a Parade of Sail by participating schooners from the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race.

In addition to free public visitation of participating ships, there will be numerous exhibits and military demonstrations throughout the week showcasing the latest technology of the maritime services and the skilled expertise of our service members. It is an unparalleled opportunity for the citizens of Maryland and the city of Baltimore to meet nearly 3,100 Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, as well as witness firsthand the latest capabilities of today’s maritime services.

Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show Baltimore visiting ships to include:

United States Navy
U.S. Navy participating ships will include:

  • San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19)
  • Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55)
  • Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109)
  • Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Carson City (T-EPF 7)
  • U.S. Navy’s newest and most technologically advanced surface ship USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000)
  • Two U.S. Navy Yard Patrol Craft (YP’s)

Royal Canadian Navy
Royal Canadian Navy participating ships:

  • Iroquois-class warship HMCS Athabaskan (DDG 282)
  • Kingston-class Maritime Coastal Defence Vessel HMCS Shawinigan (MM 704)

United States Army Corps of Engineers

  • Survey vessel USACE Reynolds
  • Debris Removal vessel USACE Linthicum

United States Army Reserve

  • Tugboat USAV Cat Lai (ST-915)
  • Tugboat USAV FortMoultrie (ST-912)

(Note: USAV – United States Army Vessel)

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

  • Research Vessel Bay Hydro II

Fleet Week Festival at the Inner Harbor:

Featuring ships, local food, a beer garden, and music.

Thursday-Sunday from 1pm-6pm

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Commissioning of the USS Zumwalt:

The Port of Baltimore will be the site of the Commissioning Ceremony for the most technologically advanced United States Destroyer in history. The Naval commissioning ceremony has been a tradition of all navies for centuries. The commissioning is the final act that marks entrance of a man-of-war into the naval forces of her nation.  When her commissioning pennant breaks to fly from the mast, USS ZUMWALT DDG 1000 becomes a proud ship of the line.

Saturday

Martin State Airport Open House

The Open House at Martin State Airport, located in Middle River, offers local Maryland foods, air show souvenirs, music, and lots to do including activities at the Glenn L. Martin Aviation Museum. There will be a display of static aircraft at Martin State Airport. And, this year, there are many more teams flying in and out for the downtown Baltimore Air Show.

Saturday and Sunday from 10am-5pm

Photo Courtesy of Scott Paddock Foto

Photo Courtesy of Scott Paddock Foto

The Air Show:

The Air Show on October 15 and 16, 2016 will feature precision flight demonstrations from the US Navy, US Air ForceUS Coast GuardRoyal Canadian Air ForceGeico Skytypers,  Scott Francis Airshows and more over a two-and-a-half-hour period between approximately 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. over Fort McHenry.

The finale is a 45-minute demonstration by the Blue Angels.  According to the U.S. Navy, the closest the Blue Angels will fly to each other is 18 inches during the Diamond 360 maneuver. The fastest speed is about 700 mph (just under Mach 1) and the slowest speed is about 120 mph, both flown by the solo pilots during the show.

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