Seafair Fleet Week has been a tradition in Seattle since 1950 with multiple ships annually coming into the Port of Seattle to celebrate this region’s premier summertime festival. In partnership with Navy League Seattle Council and Port of Seattle, Seafair Fleet Week honors the men and women of the military who proudly and courageously serve our country!
The 2014 Seafair Fleet Week featured the Parade of Ships & Flight on Wednesday, July 30 in Elliot Bay. This event was free and open to the public and featured vessels from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Marines and the Royal Canadian Navy. Military aircraft flew overhead for the public to watch in celebration of the men and women who serve our country.
Thursday, July 31 - Sunday, August 2, the public was able to visit the vessels at Piers 66, 69 and 90 for free ship tours! Pier 66 held the U.S. Navy's USS Chancellorsville and USS Howard, Pier 69 held Royal Canadian Navy ships HMCS Brandon and HMCS Edmonton, and Pier 90 was home to the U.S. Navy's USS Essex and U.S. Coast Guard's CGC Mellon.
A special thanks to Navy League Seattle and the Port of Seattle for its partnership in planning and supporting Seattle Seafair Fleet Week! Fleet Week will take place in 2015 Wednesday, July 29 - Sunday, August 2.
2014 Parade of Ships
The Leschi Seattle Fireboat
The Leschi, built in 2007, is a 108-foot fireboat that can shoot 22,000 gallons of water per minute and travel at 14 knots. Features include a 55' crane with a telescoping fire line and ladder, an infrared (thermal imaging) camera, and a medical treatment center. It is a CBRNE (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, explosive) response vessel.
USS Essex (LHD 2, U.S. Navy)
USS Essex stretches 844 feet in length and almost 186 feet high. It has 1,426 compartments, two propellers both 16 feet in diameter and two rudders. Each of its two anchors weights 40,000 lbs, and the craft can reach speeds of 24 plus knots.
USS Chancellorsville (CG 62, U.S. Navy)
USS Chancellorsville carries guided missiles and rapid-fire cannons, with anti-air, anti-surface and anti-subsurface capabilities. She also carries two Seahawk Light airborne multi-purpose system helicopters, focused on anti-submarine warfare.
USS Howard (DDG 83, U.S. Navy)
USS Howard returned home from a seven month long deployment on July 3rd. The ship and her 300 sailors sailed the Pacific Ocean and conducted exercises with the Republic of Korea navy, among other events.
CGC Mellon (U.S. Coast Guard)
USCGC Mellon is a high-endurance cutter homeported in Seattle. It is designed to perform each of the U.S. Coast Guard’s missions, which include search and rescue, defense operations, law enforcement and environmental protection.
HMCS Brandon (Royal Canadian Navy)
HMCS Brandon has served in the Canadian Forces since 1999 and is currently assigned to Maritime Forces Pacific. The vessel is homeported at CFB Esquimalt and stretches 181 feet in length.
HMCS Edmonton (Royal Canadian Navy)
HMCS Edmonton (MM 703) has served in the Canadian Forces since 1997. The vessel spans 181 feet in length and is the fourth ship of its class. It was built for the Maritime Coastal Defence Vessel Project.
2014 Parade of Flight
The mighty Sikorsky CH-53 Echo Super Stallion helicopter is one of the largest operational military helicopters in the world today and is the backbone of Marine Corps heavy vertical lift. This mighty helicopter is capable of carrying over 30,000 pounds of cargo including High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles, better know as HUMVEEs, howitzers, personnel and more.
The AH-1 Zulu is a significantly improved version of the venerable AH-1J and T models, which have served the Marine Corps since 1968. The “Zulu” Viper (formerly known as the Cobra) has twice the power and lift capability of the previous versions and can be equipped with air-to–air and air to ground missiles as well as possessing a deadly anti-armor capability.
The UH-1Y Venom, formerly known as the Huey, is a two-engined, twin-piloted helicopter is used for re-supply, small unit insertions & extractions, casualty evacuations in addition to escort and command and control.
The CH-46E Sea Knight, affectionately known as the "Phrog", is one the oldest serving aircraft in the United States Marine Corps’ inventory, serving since 1964. These aircraft from Marine Medium Helicopter Training Squadron 164 (HMMT-164) are a Fleet Replacement Squadron based out of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. Known as the Knightriders, they also fall under the command Marine Aircraft Group 39 (MAG-39) and the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (3rd MAW).
Not quite a helicopter, not quite an airplane, one of the newest aircraft to enter the operational Marine Fleet is the MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft. The Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey is an American multi-mission, military, tiltrotor aircraft with both a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL), and short takeoff and landing (STOL) capability. It is designed to combine the functionality of a conventional helicopter with the long-range, high-speed cruise performance of a turboprop aircraft.
Coast Guard Search and Rescue Demonstration
Search and Rescue, or SAR, is one of the U.S. Coast Guard’s oldest missions. At the Parade of Ships and Flight, the U.S. Coast Guard will demonstrate how they minimize the loss of life and injury by rendering aid to persons in distress in the maritime environment using the MH-65 Dolphin helicopter.
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