Celebrate San Francisco Fleet Week 2011

October 5, 2011

The Blue Angels perform over San Francisco during Fleet WeekCome and celebrate the men and women who serve in our country’s Navy and Marine Corps at San Francisco Fleet Week 2011. Fleet Week features a variety of events, including a parade of ships, an air show, live music, ship tours, and of course exciting performances by the Navy’s popular Blue Angels precision flying team.

Events take place in a variety of locations on the San Francisco waterfront from October 6–11. The Blue Angels practice on Thursday from 1–5 pm, and then perform over San Francisco Bay on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 3–4 pm. They can be seen from a variety of locations on the Bay, including Angel Island and Fort Baker in Sausalito. Also appearing in the skies above San Francisco Bay is the Canadian Forces Snowbirds aerobatic team, who perform on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 1:30–2 pm.

The Fleet Week Parade of Ships includes the supercarrier USS Carl Vinson, the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard, Liberty Ship SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and other American and Canadian vessals takes place Saturday, October 8; the first ship under the Golden Gate Bridge will be the Carl Vinson. Ships will berth along the San Francisco waterfront, and some will be available for tours.

San Francisco's 140th Italian Heritage Columbus Day Parade takes place in conjunction with Fleek Week on Sunday, October 10. The parade—San Francisco's oldest civic event—starts at 12:30 pm at the foot of Jefferson and Stockton Streets in Fisherman's Wharf, proceeds south through North Beach on Columbus Avenue, and ends in Washington Square in front of St. Peter and Paul Church.

Events are free, although reserved box seats along the waterfront are $35 on Saturday and $30 on Sunday. For more information, tickets, and a complete schedule of exciting Fleet Week events visit www.fleetweek.us.

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Grant P. Ammon