SEATTLE. – Sailors and Marines onboard the U.S. Navy amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) and guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) will be in Seattle for Seafair as part of the annual festival’s Fleet Week.
The two Navy ships, along with two Royal Canadian Navy ships, and one U.S. Coast Guard vessel, will be in Seattle to celebrate Seafair Fleet Week, a summer tradition in the Pacific Northwest since 1950. The vessels will be in the city offering public tours and participating in the annual festivities.
The Seattle visit offers the public an opportunity to take a tour of the ships and meet Sailors, Coast Guard members and Marines as they showcase the ships’ capabilities. It also gives the public a chance to gain a better understanding of how the sea services support the national defense of the United States and freedom of the seas.
The Fleet will arrive in Seattle Wednesday, August 2. The ship on Pier 66 will be open for public visitation Thursday, August 3 – Sunday, August 6 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. The ship on Pier 90 will be open for public visitation Thursday, August 3 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., Friday, August 4 from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Saturday, August 5 from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and then Sunday, August 6 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Times for tours may vary from day-to-day. More information will be released on exact times for each day as Fleet Week grows closer.
When arriving for public tours, all visitors will be required to present a photo ID and pass through an airport-style security screening checkpoint prior to boarding the ships. All visitors are subject to search prior to entering the security zone. Visitors are encouraged to bring as few items as possible when arriving for their tour, and are recommended to wear flat-heeled, closed-toe shoes.
Prohibited items on board include the following:
– Weapons, including knives, firearms and club weapons
– Defensive chemicals or sprays, including mace and pepper spray; spray cans of any type
– Fireworks, flammable liquids or other explosives
– Federally illegal drugs and/or drug-related paraphernalia
– Large bags, including backpacks, diaper bags and large camera bags (small camera bags and small handbags may be permitted, but will be subject to search)