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SAN FRANCISCO - The 35th annual San Francisco Fleet Week wrapped up Oct. 12, with more than 2,000 Sailors, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen from six ships experiencing the hospitality of "The City by the Bay."
More than 25,000 guests from the Bay Area toured the amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset (LPD 25), guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG 71), guided-missile destroyer USS Stockdale (DDG 106) and littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4), along with U.S. Coast Guard cutter Boutwell (WHEC 719) and Canadian ship HMCS Calgary (FFH335) during the eight-day long event.
"I am very proud of how the crews of Somerset, Cape St. George, Stockdale and Coronado have represented the Navy this week," said Vice Adm. Nora Tyson, commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet. "I can say with great confidence that the people of San Francisco know their Navy is out there every day, doing what they need us to do: deploying overseas, operating forward, being where it matters when it matters."
During the first day of San Francisco Fleet Week 2015 (SFFW 15), the City of San Francisco Department of Emergency Management along with Sailors and Marines from Expeditionary Strike Group Three and Amphibious Craft Unit One participated in a Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) exercise. The exercise was designed to provide familiarization and training for amphibious landing operations and to show how they can be used to support DSCA efforts.
Highlighting further cooperation between the sea services and civil authorities, military members and medical personnel attended a peer-to-peer medical exchange and senior leadership seminar. The two-day event brought together leaders from the military along with local, regional, state and federal agencies and the private sector to discuss their capabilities to respond to a natural disaster in the Bay Area.
SFFW 15 included performances by the Navy Blue Angels, multiple performances by the Navy Band Southwest, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief displays at The Marina Green Park and the traditional Italian Heritage day parade where Sailors and Marines proudly marched down the street as they were cheered on by thousands of people.
U.S. 3rd Fleet leads naval forces in the Eastern Pacific from North America's West Coast to the international date line and provides the realistic, relevant training necessary for an effective global Navy.