Maryland Fleet Week Kicks Off in Baltimore

| October 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show Baltimore kicks off today and runs through next Tuesday. The event takes place in Baltimore every two years and celebrates “the rich maritime traditions of the Chesapeake Bay and the contributions of Marylanders to the defense of the nation.” The first Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show was in 2016. This followed the Star-Spangled Banner Spectacular in 2014 and the Star-Spangled Sailabration in 2012.

New this year will be a demonstration by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds during the the Baltimore Air Show. It will also include demonstrations from other military planes. The show will take place on Saturday, October 6th and Sunday, October 7th from 12pm to 4pm.

In addition to the Thunderbirds, the show will include:

  • Scott Francis with his aerobating flying and daring MXS maneuvers
  •  Public Safety Helicopters
  •  Canadian F-18 Demo from the Royal Canadian Air Force
  •  Geico Skytypers in their T-6 Warbirds
  •  A-10 Demonstration
  •  Heritage Flights with A-10s and P-51s
  •  US Coast Guard Search and Rescue Demonstration in MH-65 Helos
  •  P-8 Flybys from the U.S. Navy
  • Black Daggers Parachute Demonstration Team

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels performed in Baltimore in 2012, 2014, and 2016.

Maryland Fleet Week will also feature 15 large vessels at the Inner Harbor and in Locust Point. Tours of the vessels will take place Thursday to Monday from 1pm to 6pm. The vessels will include:

  • Dock Landing Ship – USS Oak Hill,
  • Guided Missile Destroyer – USS Stout
  • Littoral Combat Ship Class – USS Milwaukee
  • Expeditionary Fast Transport – USNS Bismarck
  • Patrol Coastal Ship – USS Tornado
  • Frigate – HMS MONMOUTH
  • Coastal Defense Vessel – HMCS MONCTON
  • Barque/Cutter – USCGC EAGLE
  • Survey Vessel – USACE CATLETT
  • Debris Removal – USACE Reynolds
  • Research Vessel – NOAA BAY HYDRO II
  • Square-Rigger Replica – GODSPEED
  • Yard Patrol Craft – US Naval Academy YP’s
  • Project Liberty Ship – S.S. John W. Brown
  • Nuclear Ship – NS Savannah

The Fleet Week Festival will take place Friday through Sunday and include food, drinks, and live music. Events will also take place at Fort McHenry in Locust Point on Friday through Sunday. An open house is scheduled at the Martin State Airport on Saturday, October 6th and Sunday, October 7th.

The ships will be arriving today and the Maryland Fleet Week Welcome Ceremony will take place at 5pm at the amphitheater in the Inner Harbor. The full schedule can be seen at

Photo courtesy of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Facebook page

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