PRLog - May 23, 2014 - NEW YORK -- Anchors Aweigh! Fleet Week has returned to New York City. Canceled in 2013 due to budgets cuts, the event has returned to the delight of New Yorkers which began welcoming 1500 Sailors, Marines and Coast guardsman in celebration of the 26th annual Fleet Week held May 21-May 27. "We want New York to know that we're extremely grateful for their tremendous support," said USS Cole Commanding Officer Dennis Farrell.
Fleet Week is expected to generate 10 Million dollars for the New York City economy, The prime benefactors are sure to be Manhattan Bars, Clubs, Restaurants and Hotels. Sailors and tourists alike are sure to enjoy New York City by day and night.
The Calendar of events include tours of the gigantic ships, a bicycle building event for children of service members and a basketball tournament. Service members are scheduled to participate in parades and ceremonies across the city.
One hub of activity will be the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, which is expecting an influx of visitors at Pier 86.A total of Five ships are participating In Fleet Week including the USS Oak Hill and the USS Cole. Both are Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile vessels hailing from Norfolk, Va.
The USS Cole is best remembered for being a victim of an October 2000 terrorist attack. While refueling in Aden Harbor, Yemen The USS Cole was attacked on Port Mid-Ships by a small boat with explosives on board. The result of which led to a 40 by 60 foot hole and the loss of 17 sailors. Through her distinguished and gallant service, USS OAK HILL (LSD 7) earned five battle stars during World
War II and an additional six battle stars in Vietnam. Fleet Week is expected to be a time of reflection and appreciation for members of the U.S. Military.