With the Bay Area’s largest military presence totaling more than 4,000 men and women based in San Francisco, Coast Guard personnel and assets will participate and provide maritime security for the Fleet Week events. These Coast Guard personnel perform a variety of missions including search and rescue, maritime law enforcement, inspections, fisheries enforcement, aids to navigation, port security, anti-terrorism patrols, environmental protection and illegal drug and migrant interdiction.
A variery of ship tours, food trucks and static displays from all five branches of the Armed Services will be set up at the Pier 80 Village. The U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, the California Air National Guard’s 129th Air Rescue Wing, and the Royal Canadian Navy are scheduled tp participate in Fleet Week events along the San Francisco waterfront.
The public can expect an increased presence of Coast Guard vessels in San Francisco Bay to ensure safety and security for mariners and the Parade of Ships. The Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell, USS Stockdale, USS Mobile Bay and USS Coronado, along with the HMCS Calgary, make up the Parade of Ships that are scheduled to arrive at the Port of San Francisco Oct. 7.
The Coast Guard Captain of the Port San Francisco has enacted a special local regulation for this year’s on-water Fleet Week activities held Oct. 8-11 to ensure the safety of participants and spectators on San Francisco Bay. Traffic will be restricted throughout most of the Central Bay from the Golden Gate Bridge, south of Alcatraz, to just south of the Bay Bridge. This is to accommodate the Parade of Ships as they pass under the Golden Gate Bridge to their assigned moorings in San Francisco. No vessel will be permitted to cross the parade line or interfere with the safe transit of the parade participants in any way. A 500-yard protective zone will also be enforced around each naval vessel the entire time they are in port.
The U.S. Navy Blue Angels will rehearse for the air show Oct. 8-9 at San Francisco International Airport at approximately 12 p.m. From Oct. 10-11, the Blue Angels will participate in the air show from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
For the awareness of mariners and the public, below are graphics of regulated areas for the Parade of Ships and the Blue Angels, respectively.
Regulated Area “Alpha” for Navy Parade of Ships
Oct. 9,10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Regulated Area “Bravo” for U.S. Navy Blue Angels
Oct. 8, 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Oct. 9, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Oct. 10,12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Oct. 11,12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The best areas to observe the air shows and the Parade of Ships are north of the “Alpha” box for the parade and North of the “Bravo” box for the air show; east of Blossom Rock buoy; and from the shore.
For more information on this year’s events, contact the San Francisco Fleet Week Association at (415) 306-0911, or visit http://www.fleetweek.org/ for a complete list of events.