San Francisco Fleet Week, the annual gathering of Navy, Marine and Coast Guard crews, ships and planes, launched Oct. 5th and runs through the 11th. The Academy of Art University is among those supporting this massive effort — including making buses available as “military transport” for the thousands of service men and women.
This is the 30th anniversary of San Francisco Fleet Week, taking place inside the Bay, throughout the city and along the waterfront. With more ships, more Sailors, more Marines, more Coasties, more free family-friendly events than ever before and a continuing focus on emergency preparedness, this year’s event also commemorates the 100th anniversary of the birth of naval aviation, which started here in San Francisco Bay with the first-ever launch of a plane from the deck of a ship — the USS Pennsylvania in 1911.
The Academy of Art University has a proud history of supporting the military, and boasts a number of student veterans: young artists who have served and continue to serve in the United States Armed Forces. This year, as part of its ongoing sponsorship of San Francisco Fleet Week, the Academy of Art supported the effort with student talent as well.
The official Fleet Week public service announcements, generally donated and produced by KRON-TV channel 4, featured members of the Academy’s veterans club.
As usual, the skilled naval aviators of The Blue Angels are on hand to thrill with extraordinary airborne maneuvers. This year’s annual Parade of Ships features vessels from the U.S. Third Fleet, including the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson and ships from the U.S. Coast Guard, Royal Canadian Navy and the WWII Liberty Ship Jeremiah O’Brien. Returning for a second year is the popular Band Challenge, in which local high school ensembles compete and are judged by their counterparts in the Marine Corps Band.
Go to www.fleetweek.us for more information.