Summary

  • BACKGROUND: May 2019 marks the 31st anniversary of NYC Fleet Week, an annual celebration of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and U.S. Coast Guard in New York City. The weeklong celebration has been held nearly every year since 1984.  This year, journalists will have the opportunity to board the USS New York, an amphibious transport dock that was christened in 2008 and named in memory of the victims of the September 11 terror attacks.  Participants will meet its Commanding Officer, interview Marines and sailors on board, and tour the vessel. A Marine Osprey helicopter is scheduled to land on the ship for Fleet Week, so journalists will likely have an opportunity to meet and interview the aircraft’s pilot.

To mark the 31st anniversary of NYC Fleet Week, the NYFPC hosted a local reporting tour aboard the USS New York, an amphibious transport dock named in honor of the victims of the September 11th terror attacks.  The program highlighted U.S. military strength and capabilities, while connecting civilians with the mission of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and U.S. Coast Guard. 25 journalists from Austria, Greece, Germany, Sweden, Spain, the UK, South Africa, Italy, Kazakhstan, Russia, Ukraine, Japan, South Korea, China, and Taiwan attended the program.  The group was briefed by the vessel’s Commanding Officer on the flight deck, then held one-on-one interviews with Marines and sailors on board, and toured the vessel. The mission of Fleet Week is to honor American sea services, recruit talent, and highlight the latest capabilities in maritime services. The USS New York is critical to the administration of humanitarian aid during natural disasters, the preservation of peace, and strengthening American presence overseas.

U.S. Department of State

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