June 30, 2013

Seattle Fleet Week 2011

Seattle Fleet Week is right around the corner, as part of the Seafair celebrations, and there are tons of awesome events planned for Seattle as the U.S. Navy docks into port and Sailors disembark for a week of shore leave.


Seattle Fleet Week is huge part of the Seafair festivities, and an incredible event in its own right, and is a Seattle tradition.  Sailors from the Navy ships, USS Bonhomme Richard, USS Chafee, and USS Sampson, as well as US Coast Guard and Canadian Navy ships that dock for Fleet Week will fan out across the city to take advantage of all the excitement that Seattle has to offer, and Seattle residents get to go on ship tours, see great demonstrations, air shows, performances and other fun activities.

Seattle Fleet Week 2011

Seattle Fleet Week 2011

Photo Credit:  US Navy Flickr Page

Seattle Fleet Week 2011 Dates

Seattle Fleet Week lasts from Sunday July 31, 2011 to Monday August 8, 2011.

As always, Seattle Fleet Week coincides with the Seattle Seafair, and includes the Seafair Fleet Week Parade of Ships.

Ships and Ship Tours

The ships that will be here for Seattle Fleet Week, and open for ship tours, include:

US Navy

US Coast Guard

  • USCGC Mellon (WHEC 717)

Canadian Navy

  • HMCS Whitehorse (NCSM 705)
  • HMCS Nanaimo (NCSM 702)

Seattle Fleet Week Ship Tour Schedule

Ship Tours – Thursday, August 4 – Sunday, August 7
  • Thursday, August 4 – 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
  • Friday, August 5 – 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
  • Saturday, August 6 – 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
  • Sunday, August 7 – Noon to 3:30 pm
Ship tours are free.

Seattle Fleet Week Seafair Parade of Ships

  • Date:  Wednesday August 3, 2011
  • Time:  1:45PM
  • Location:  Seattle Waterfront

Demonstrations and other activities include:

  • Blue Angels Airshow
  • Ship Tours
  • Navy Band performances
  • Leap Frog Parachute Demonstration
  • Navy Suburban Tour
  • Navy Simulator

Boeing Air Show With US Navy Blue Angels

Seattle Fleet Week, Seafair, and Boeing are celebrating the Centennial of Naval Aviation with an air show including the US Navy Blue Angels.

For the air show schedule, visit:  Boeing Airshow at Seafair

Leap Frog Parachute Demonstration

The Leap Frogs are the US Navy parachute demonstration team, and is made up of members of the elite Navy SEALs and includes both Navy SEAL and SWCC special ops members.  The Navy SEALs are the elite forces that are responsible for killing Osama bin Laden.  While these aren’t the same SEALs in SEAL Team Six – you can still come out and meet a real-life Navy SEAL and give them props for what they’re doing.

Seattle Fleet Week 2011 Location

All of the ships will be docked at the Port of Seattle facilities Terminal 25, Terminal 46N and Pier 66.

Seattle Fleet Week 2011 Map and Directions

Directions to Terminal 25

Directions Terminal 46N

Directions to Pier 66

For more information about Seattle Fleet Week 2011:

Seattle Fleet Week Official Site

Seattle Seafair Site

US Navy Blue Angels

Navy Fleet Weeks

There is a great tradition of our Navy’s ships docking in U.S. ports so sailors can take shore leave, which over the years has turned into a homecoming celebration that takes over the whole city with events, parades, parties and concerts.


This post will grow and change over time, so be sure to check back frequently.  We’ll explore the history and traditions of Fleet Week, and also look at how each port city welcomes the ships and Sailors and the celebrations and events they hold.

Fleet Week

Image credit: U.S. Navy

Here are the Fleet Weeks and the months that they’re held in that I am currently aware of.  We’ll be keeping track of the Fleet Weeks throughout the years, so we’ll be including links to our pages focused on this years (and past years) Fleet Weeks.

April

Fort Lauderdale / Broward Navy Yards / Port Lauderdale Fleet Week

May

New York Fleet Week

2011 New York Fleet Week

June

Portland Fleet Week

2011 Portland Fleet Week

July

LA Fleet Week

2011 LA Fleet Week

Seattle Fleet Week

2011 Seattle Fleet Week

September

San Diego Fleet Week

October

San Francisco Fleet Week

2011 San Francisco Fleet Week

Tell Us About Your Fleet Week Experience

Are you in the Navy and had shore leave during one of the Fleet Weeks?

Have you been to a ship tour or cruise, or been to a Fleet Week Air Show by the Blue Angels?

Leave a comment below and share your Fleet Week story.