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Here comes the Navy for Fleet Week in San Francisco.

Here comes the Navy for Fleet Week in San Francisco

An awe-inspiring parade of 16 naval vessels, the West Coast's largest ceremonial grouping in a decade, will sail through the Golden Gate on October 10 to kick off Fleet Week. A week to mark the Navy's birthday occurs only in San Francisco, and this year's seventh annual event honors the Navy's 212th birthday. The week also heralds the increasingly important naval presence in the San Francisco area as the planned home porting of the U.S.S. Missouri and her support fleet draws nearer.

Public events take place from October 10 through 13, beginning with the parade of ships Saturday at about 11 A.M., Ships will pass under both the Golden Gate and Bay bridges. You should see an aircraft carrier, cruisers, destroyers, frigates, and amphibious craft. At noon the Blue Angels will perform in their new combination fighter-attack aircraft, the FA-18. In the Aquatic Park area, you can watch the Navy's river patrol craft, drill teams, and bands.

Crissy Field is a good spot to watch the parade of ships--or try parking areas off Conzelman Road in the Marin Headlands. Port Point gives you the closest vantage point, but arrive early.

Several ships will be open to the public from docking until 4 Saturday and 10 to 4 Sunday and Monday; ships will be berthed at piers 30-32, 45, and other Embarcadero piers in San Francisco, at the Alameda Naval Air Station, and on Treasure Island.

You might also visit the Treasure Island museum, with its timely display on the historic cruise of President Theodore Roosevelt's Great White Fleet. There are also exhibits of turn-of-the-century Navy and Marine Corps life, and more. The museum is open, free, from 10 to 3:30 daily.

Photo: In tight formation, Blue Angels sweep San Francisco skyline

Photo: Aircraft carrier U.S.S. Carl Vinson shows through bridge span from Marin Headlands (left); later, you can tour carrier and perhaps sit in pilot's seat (above) or a destroyer's combat information center (below)
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