The Sea ‘N’ Air Parade Returns to San Diego Fleet Week!

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By U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Trevor Welsh [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons. SAN DIEGO (Feb. 12, 2011) Formations of CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopters fly over San Diego Bay near the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) during the Parade of Flight, an air show showcasing historic and current Naval aircraft in celebration of the Centennial of Naval Aviation. The Navy is observing the Centennial of Naval Aviation with a series of nationwide events celebrating 100 years of heritage, progress and achievement in naval aviation. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Trevor Welsh/Released)
By U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Trevor Welsh [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons. SAN DIEGO (Feb. 12, 2011) Formations of CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopters fly over San Diego Bay near the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) during the Parade of Flight, an air show showcasing historic and current Naval aircraft in celebration of the Centennial of Naval Aviation. The Navy is observing the Centennial of Naval Aviation with a series of nationwide events celebrating 100 years of heritage, progress and achievement in naval aviation. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Trevor Welsh/Released)
The Sea ‘n’ Air Parade is set to return to San Diego Fleet Week following years of cancellations.

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The signature event is scheduled for Sept. 10, The San Diego Union- Tribune reported. Six or so Navy vessels will circle San Diego Bay as Navy and Marine aircraft fly overhead. The public will also be allowed to tour some of the ships after they dock at piers on the downtown waterfront.

The Sea ‘n’ Air Parade was canceled due to the Sept. 11 attacks but returned the following year. It was put on hold again in 2009 because the ships were needed in other locales and the nation’s defense budget had been tightened, according to the Union-Tribune.

However, San Diego-based ships still participated in fleet weeks in other cities along the west coast. They had also been open periodically for tours.

U.S. 3rd Fleet Commander Vice Adm. Nora Tyson gave the go-ahead for the parade to return this year, the Union-Tribune reported.

“She didn’t understand why San Diego isn’t like all the rest of the fleet weeks,” Larry Blumberg, a retired Navy captain who is chairman of the parade committee, told the newspaper.

—City News Service

The Sea ‘N’ Air Parade Returns to San Diego Fleet Week! was last modified: May 2nd, 2016 by Debbie L. Sklar

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