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LOS ANGELES - Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108), amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) and 170 embarked Marines from I Marine Expeditionary Force, departed from the Port of Los Angeles, Sept. 6, bringing the inaugural Los Angeles Fleet Week to a close.
LA Fleet Week, formerly LA Navy Days, ran from Aug. 30 – Sept. 5 and offered the public the opportunity to tour the ships and interact with Sailors, Marines and Coast Guard members.
Vice Adm. Nora Tyson said LA Fleet Week provided the community with a better understanding of how maritime forces operate and promoted a better understanding of how the sea services support national defense and freedom of the seas.
"The demands for a sea service that is ready and capable are only increasing. We will continue to train and deploy our Sailors, Marines and Coast Guard members wherever they are needed to keep our nation safe and prosperous. For us, LA Fleet Week was an opportunity to connect these extraordinary, young service members with the communities they serve. We greatly appreciate the incredible hospitality the Los Angeles community provided, as well as the opportunity to recognize and renew our strong ties with each other as friends and neighbors," said Tyson.
Throughout the week, Sailors, Marines and Coast Guard members volunteered at numerous community service projects, including a local food pantry, a Habitat for Humanity build, an animal shelter, a children’s hospital and a Veterans home. They also hosted nearly 15,000 visitors for ship tours.
“It was an amazing opportunity to tour an actual Navy ship,” said Fernando Torres, a Los Angeles native. “My dad was in the military, it felt good to see a glimpse of what he experienced when he was on a ship. I’m glad there’s a Navy presence in Los Angeles and we have the chance to show these heroes all the city has to offer.”
In addition to the ship tours and community service opportunities, Fleet Week also included a Defense Support of Civil Authorities Senior Leadership Seminar and tabletop exercise as well as a science, technology, engineering and math expo.
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