Ships and aircraft from the U.S. Navy, Coast Guard, and Royal Canadian Navy participate in Seafair Fleet Week
SEATTLE – From sea to sky, expect to hear and see the roar of engines across Puget Sound.
Monday marks the start of Fleet Week which culminates with Seafair Weekend, a longstanding tradition in the Pacific Northwest.
Just a few hundred yards from Pier 62, the US Coast Guard flexes its muscles with a lifesaving demonstration to kick off Fleet Week.
Temperatures in the 80s offer a warm welcome to sailors and guards from the United States and Canada.
“The chopper can be used every day – and people’s lives depend on it – and who doesn’t love choppers?” said school-aged Seafair fan Jonathan Osenga.
Fleet Week in Seattle is a tradition that dates back to the 1950s – a celebration that brings out the military past and present.
“I was in the Navy for 20 years and loved it when I served and it’s fun to keep up to date with what’s going on with the services by being exposed to all the active services that come in and participate “said Larry St Pierre, a retiree. US Navy veteran.
This is the first in-person celebration in over two years.
“Please spread the word Seafair summer is back,” said Delmas Whittaker of the Port of Seattle. “As a board member of Seafair, I am extremely pleased to see the energy that is being generated.”
When looking for military ships on the water, remember to look up occasionally. The US Navy’s Blue Angels will return to airspace – sticking to their traditional route over Lake Washington with performances scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
New this year is the launch of the F/A-18 Super Hornet.
Boat pilots are also back – seaplane racing is back with the Home Street Bank Cup kicking off on Friday.
“All the boats are looking good right now and we’re looking to put on a good show,” said Hydroplane pilot Jimmy Shane.
A show that, despite their best efforts, just didn’t translate to a virtual event – or so the diehards will tell you. A roar and a sight you must take in person.