Ships to visit Los Angeles for inaugural Fleet Week
LOS ANGELES - Sailors aboard the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) and the guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) will be in Los Angeles for the inaugural Los Angeles Fleet Week Aug. 30 - Sept. 5.
Los Angeles Fleet Week offers the public an opportunity to take a tour of the ships and meet Sailors as they showcase the ships' capabilities. It also gives the public a chance to gain a better understanding of how the sea services support the national defense of the United States and freedom of the seas.
Throughout the week, Sailors will have an opportunity to interact with the local community, while participating in a number of community relations projects and a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) exposition.
The shipswill arrive in Los Angeles Tuesday, Aug. 30. The public will have the opportunity to tour the ships and meet Sailors in the Port of Los Angeles, next to the USS Iowa Museum, Sept. 2-4 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:50 p.m., and Sept. 5 from 12 p.m. to 3:40 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend tours and interact with Sailors, though visitors are asked to secure a reservation for a tour through the Los Angeles Fleet Week website, www.lafleetweek.com.
All visitors and media will require an escort within the security perimeter at the pier and on board the ships at all times. When arriving for public tours, visitors are recommended to wear flat-heeled, closed-toe shoes and are encouraged to bring as few items as possible. Visitors are subject to search prior to entering the security zone, and will be required to present a photo ID and pass through an airport-style security screening checkpoint prior to boarding the ships. Media should be prepared to present two forms of ID: one from their affiliation and one government-issued photo identification.
Prohibited items aboard include the following:
- Weapons, including knives, firearms and club weapons
- Defensive chemicals or sprays, including mace and pepper spray; spray cans of any type
- Fireworks, flammable liquids or other explosives
- Illegal drugs and/or drug-related paraphernalia
- Large bags, including backpacks and large camera bags (small camera bags and small handbags may