The annual Fort Lauderdale Fleet Week is going on right on at Port Everglades and continues through May 7. If you have never been to this exciting, patriotic event, plan your bus charter trip today.
During Fleet Week, thousands of Navy sailors make port in at Port Everglades to enjoy the best hospitality South Florida has to offer. While many of these service men and women enjoy shore leave, residents are invited to tour the visiting Navy and Coast Guard ships.
This Year’s Ships
This year, there are three ships participating in Fleet Week at Port Everglades. The US Navy’s amphibious transport dock the USS New York and two Coast Guard cutters — the USCGC Foward and USCGC Margaret Norvell — will be available for tours.
Reservations are required in advance and each visitor must undergo a security clearance. But the tours are very educational and entertaining.
World Events Interfere
This year, there were supposed to be four more ships participating in Fleet Week, including a destroyer, two cruisers, and a submarine.
Due to world events, however, their participation was canceled, according to event organizers at Broward Navy Days Inc.
“Broward Navy Days Inc supports this decision because our military’s foremost mission is to keep our nation safe and secure,” according to a press release announcing the change.
A welcoming ceremony was held May 1 at Esplanade Park on the Fort Lauderdale Riverwalk for the sailors, Marines, and Coast Guardsman participating in the event.
Fleet Week is one of Fort Lauderdale’s proudest and most enjoyable events. Even though this year’s event was affected by escalating global situations if you have never attended it before you should try to make it this year or mark your calendar for next year because you will absolutely love it.