Coast Guard sets closure areas for San Francisco Fleet Week

SAN FRANCISCO — The Coast Guard is scheduled to participate in San Francisco Fleet Week and has established closure areas for events related to Fleet Week Oct. 9-13.

To ensure the safety of participants and spectators on San Francisco Bay, the Coast Guard has enacted special local regulations published in the Federal Register and advertised by Local and Broadcast Notice to Mariners. Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary and law enforcement vessels will be patrolling the regulated areas to ensure all Fleet Week events are conducted safely.

Areas of closure for the Parade of Ships and Blue Angels air show are as follows:

Area “Alpha” will be closed during the Parade of Ships event Oct. 10 between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Traffic will be restricted by special local regulation 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.

Area “Bravo” will be closed during the Blue Angels demonstration on the following dates and times:

  • Oct. 9 – 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Oct. 10 – 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Oct. 11 – 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Oct. 12 – 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The many festivities in this annual event offer numerous opportunities for participants and visitors to learn about the various Coast Guard missions and to tour the Coast Guard Cutter Active.

Cutter Active and other Coast Guard units and personnel will be highlighted as part of the Parade of Ships. Additional Coast Guard crews will be performing pier and ferry security sweeps, ensuring the continued flow of commercial vessel traffic, enforcing safety and security zones and enforcing boating safety regulations, including standing by for search-and-rescue cases or other emergencies.

Cutter Active will be participating in the Parade of Ships along with vessels from the San Francisco Fire Department and both the U.S. and Canadian navies. The Active, a 210-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Port Angeles, Washington, is the eighth Coast Guard vessel to bear its name and was commissioned Sept. 1, 1966. The Active and its crew conduct the missions of search and rescue, law enforcement, counter-narcotics and fishery enforcement throughout the Pacific Northwest and Eastern Pacific region. All ships participating in the Parade of Ships are scheduled to host public tours.

The Coast Guard is the Bay Area’s largest military presence with more than 4,000 Coast Guard men and women based in San Francisco. 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.

For more information on this year’s events, contact the San Francisco Fleet Week Association at (415) 306-0911, or visit;

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