LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Mayor Eric Garcetti and U.S. Navy officials announced Monday that Los Angeles has been selected as an official Fleet Week market.
Beginning in 2016, L.A. Fleet Week will run through Labor Day with active military ships arriving days before the holiday weekend.
“As a Navy reservist representing a city and port with a rich military history, it’s an honor to announce the addition of Los Angeles to the Navy’s annual Fleet Week roster,” said Garcetti. “L.A. Fleet Week at America’s Port will be a great annual tradition for Angelenos to visit the L.A. waterfront, tour ships, enjoy a variety of activities and gain a deeper appreciation of our enlisted men and women.”
City officials explained Fleet Week will offer residents access to ships and equipment. The week-long event will include meetings between the Navy and local first responders, an air show component and participation of U.S. Marines and Coast Guardsmen.
“L.A. Fleet Week will be a fantastic opportunity to showcase the greatest fleet and sailors in the world [to] further strengthen the connection between the citizens of Los Angeles and their Navy,” said Vice Admiral Nora Tyson. “We look forward to participating in this exciting event and appreciate the opportunity to bring the Fleet to L.A.”
“It’s our goal to work with partners like the Battleship IOWA, the U.S. Navy League and a host of other local stakeholders to develop L.A. Fleet Week into a world-class event and honored Labor Day holiday tradition here in Southern California,” added Gene Seroka, Executive Director of the Port of Los Angeles.
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