USS San Diego (LPD 22) approaches Broadway Pier in San Diego, Nov. 5. (U.S. Marine Corps/Sgt. Victoria Decker)

SAN DIEGO - The amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD 22), Coast Guard Cutter USCGC Robert Ward (WPC 1130) and local Marines arrived at Broadway Pier in downtown San Diego, Nov. 5, to begin a week-long tribute to the sea services during the 22nd annual Fleet Week San Diego (FWSD) through Nov. 12.

FWSD is an opportunity for the American public to meet their Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard teams and experience the U.S. sea services. During fleet week, service members will have the opportunity to participate in various community service events, showcase capabilities and equipment to the community, and enjoy the hospitality of their homeport of San Diego and its surrounding areas.

This year’s Fleet Week is also the first year FWSD is being held during Veterans Week, hosted by the Veterans Association. This year’s events feature a combined effort from Fleet week San Diego Association, the Veterans Association, U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard, which brings an exciting new lineup of events to the weeklong celebration. FWSD will highlight the annual Veterans Day parade, public ship tours from both ships, an open house from Coast Guard Sector San Diego, concerts and much more.

“Military participation in this annual fleet week helps educate San Diego-area leaders and the general public about the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard as effective and vital tools of national defense and viable career opportunities for young men and women,” said Rear Adm. Bolivar, commander, Navy Region Southwest. “San Diego is a vital part of our national defense, and this military presence has provided a fiscal benefit to the economic well-being of the region.”

In addition to Sailors and Coast Guardsmen from the USS San Diego and Coast Guard Cutter Robert Ward, forces from I Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF), Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group (EODGRU) 1, Navy Region Southwest, and Coast Guard Sector San Diego will also be participating throughout the week.

Throughout the week, the local community will have the opportunity to interact with service members while participating in a number of community relations projects and the Innovation Zone at Broadway Pier. There will also be opportunities to tour the ships, enjoy high-tech and military displays and demonstrations. Tour hours for this weekend include Friday, Nov. 8 from 1-4 p.m., and Saturday through Monday, Nov. 9-11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For details on FWSD activities, please see the Fleet Week San Diego website.