Baltimore Fleet Week to include ship tours, festival

Posted at 4:09 PM, Jul 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-12 18:15:47-04

The Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show Baltimore is coming to Baltimore this fall. It's not just about having a good time while exploring naval traditions, it's also about educating the general public about our nation's Navy.

"Not only do you need a strong Navy to be maritime nation, but you need key ports, robust port facilities," said Rear Admiral Yancy Lindsey, Commandant for the Naval District Washington. "So Fleet Week brings those two key components of maritime security of economic security and national security together, and that's what we will celebrate in October."

It's all happening during the week of Oct. 10-17. The Blue Angels will perform, and there will even be a chance to see them up close on display. There will also be several meet and greet opportunities, where attendees can meet pilots and other military personnel.

"That's what Fleet Week is all about," said Rear Admiral Roy Kelley, Commander of Carrier Strike Group 12. "IT's a chance for us to bring the sailors, the Marines, the Coast Guardsmen into port, along with the ships and some of the equipment they use so we get a chance to see firsthand here in local communities what your Navy is doing for you."

There will also be a free, family-oriented festival going on during the week at the Inner Harbor. More than 500,000 people are expected to attend the events.

So much more will be going on during the week in October, including a parade, ship tours and more. Learn more details about the events on the Maryland Fleet Week website.

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