Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Fleet Week in Seattle!

This one is for both Sgt B and JMH ... It's Fleet Week in Seattle! This weekend will mark the end of the month-plus long chain of events called SeaFair, and includes the opportunity for civilians to tour several military vessels.

Military ships arrive for Fleet Week

Eight ships from the Coast Guard, the U.S. Navy and the Canadian navy arrived at the Seattle waterfront yesterday. The vessels will be open for public tours tomorrow through Sunday at Pier 91.

The largest vessel available for tours, the USS Bonhomme Richard, is a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship that was part of the Indian Ocean tsunami-relief effort last winter.

Also here for Fleet Week is the USS Ogden, an Austin-class amphibious transport dock, and from the Canadian navy, the HMCS Nanaimo, Yellowknife, Saskatoon and Whitehorse — all Kingston-class coastal-defense vessels.

Click here for an image of the USS Bonhomme Richard in Elliott Bay, with Mount Rainier in the background.

Having toured the USS Abraham Lincoln on Independence Day, I don't know whether I'll make it downtown this weekend. If I do, JMH, I'll be heading for the Canadian ships!

According to the article, all of the tour reservations are full, but there will be a wait list sign up at pier 91.