From 7 October to 12 October 2010, San Francisco opened its arms and piers to what was the most extensive Fleet Week in more than 20 years. With more ships, more sailors, and more Marines than ever, this year's event "put the fleet back in Fleet Week."

San Francisco and Fleet Week share a long and storied history that began in 1908 with the arrival of President Theodore Roosevelt's Great White Fleet to the San Francisco Bay during its round the world voyage. The fleet consisted of 16 battleships and various smaller vessels. This legendary flotilla featured hulls painted white except for the gilded scrollwork on their bows. The 14 month voyage from Hampton Roads, Virginia to San Francisco, California was a showcase of American seapower. The ships were manned by 14,000 sailors, and the fleet covered 43,000 miles and stopped at 20 ports on six continents.

The fleet arrived in San Francisco on 6 May 1908 from Magdalena Bay, Mexico, and was greeted by a huge celebration hosted by the City of San Francisco. As each ship past Fort Point it fired a 21 gun salute, which was answered with a salute from land. Crowds flocked to San Francisco Bay to see the fleet.

On 18 January 1911 the era of Naval aviation began in San Francisco Bay with the first ever launch of an aircraft from the deck of a military vessel, the USS Pennsylvania. Throughout the 20th Century San Francisco was a major focus of naval operations and served as the headquarters of the United States Naval forces under Admiral Chester Nimitz during World War II. A generation of liberty ships and other military vessels were built, launched, serviced, berthed and later retired at Mare Island Naval shipyard, Richmond's Kaiser Permanente shipyard, the Marin Ship Works, Treasure Island, Hunters Point Shipyard, Suisun Bay and the Alameda Naval Air Station.

Over the years, millions of Bay Area residents have welcomed the United States Navy and Marine Corps making Fleet Week one of San Francisco's most treasured traditions.

 

8, 9, 10 October 2010

720p High Definition Video by Neil Mishalov

Camera: Panasonic HDC-SD60

 



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