Public Fleet Week Events Begin Friday with Ship Tours

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The USS Anchorage arrives at Broadway Pier in downtown San Diego. Navy photo

Public events for Fleet Week San Diego begin Friday with a variety of activities through the weekend at Broadway Pier and on San Diego Bay.

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Attendees can tour ships, view displays of high-tech military equipment and enjoy live entertainment from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A country music concert with Tim Hurley is scheduled for 6 p.m.

The San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Anchorage and Coast Guard Cutter Midgett will be open for tours.

The Sea and Air Parade, led by the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay,  is set for Saturday at noon on San Diego Bay.

The organizers are presenting a more condensed version of the annual event. In prior years, events were spread out over several weeks.

“We have done a complete makeover of Fleet Week this year,” said Bryan Smylie, the president of Fleet Week San Diego. “We have compressed the schedule, focused on our sailors, Marines and Coast Guard personnel and their families and are really engaging the San Diego community.”

Organizers said Fleet Week is a way for San Diego to express support for military personnel.

— From Staff and Wire Reports

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