BALTIMORE, MD (September 30, 2016) – More than a dozen vessels from Canada and various branches of the United States military will sail into the Port of Baltimore as part of the inaugural Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show Baltimore October 10-17. Baltimore is one of seven elite cities to host the U.S. Navy Fleet Week in 2016, and additionally, is honored to be the chosen location for the October 15th commissioning ceremony for the U.S. Navy’s newest vessel, the USS Zumwalt.
Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show Baltimore celebrates the rich maritime traditions of the Chesapeake Bay and is the legacy of the 2012 Star-Spangled Sailabration and 2014 Star-Spangled Spectacular events held in Baltimore. The weeklong event is planned by the Maryland Department of Commerce, Office of Tourism, and Historic Ships in Baltimore in conjunction with the U.S. Navy. Northrop Grumman Corporation, whose Mission Systems sector is headquartered in Linthicum, is the event’s title sponsor.
Ships arrive between 8am and 3pm on Wednesday, October 12. They will be docked at several locations, including the Fells Point Broadway Pier, Inner Harbor (West Wall, Piers 1 South, Pier 3 South, Pier 4 South, Pier 5 West and Pier 5 South) and North Locust Point (Pier 3 and Pier 4). In addition to using public transportation to get to the ships, visitors are encouraged to “Use Your Feet to See the Fleet.”
A public Welcome Ceremony will occur at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater beginning at 4pm and will feature a performance by the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Band. The remarks will be followed by a Parade of Sail by participating schooners from the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race.
In addition to free public visitation of participating ships, there will be numerous exhibits and military demonstrations throughout the week showcasing the latest technology of the maritime services and the skilled expertise of our service members. It is an unparalleled opportunity for the citizens of Maryland and the city of Baltimore to meet nearly 3,100 Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, as well as witness firsthand the latest capabilities of today's maritime services.
Visiting ships will join Baltimore’s historic and commercial boats, which will be open for tours and cruises* at their regular admission prices. These include Historic Ships in Baltimore (US Sloop-of-War Constellation, US Submarine Torsk, US Coast Guard Cutter Taney, and Lightship 116 Chesapeake), Pride of Baltimore II, Sea Dogs, Urban Pirates, Watermark Cruises, Spirit Cruises and the Water Taxi.
The N.S. Savannah, the world’s first nuclear-powered merchant ship and a National Historic Landmark, is berthed at Pier 13 within the Canton Marine Terminal. The vessel will be open from Thursday to Sunday, October 13-16, from 1pm to 6pm for the public.
Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show Baltimore visiting ships to include:
United States Navy
U.S. Navy participating ships will include:
- San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19)
- Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55)
- Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109)
- Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Carson City (T-EPF 7)
- U.S. Navy’s newest and most technologically advanced surface ship USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000)
- Two U.S. Navy Yard Patrol Craft (YP’s)
Royal Canadian Navy
Royal Canadian Navy participating ships:
- Iroquois-class warship HMCS Athabaskan (DDG 282)
- Kingston-class Maritime Coastal Defence Vessel HMCS Shawinigan (MM 704)
United States Army Corps of Engineers
- Survey vessel USACE Reynolds
- Debris Removal vessel USACE Linthicum
United States Army Reserve
- Tugboat USAV Cat Lai (ST-915)
- Tugboat USAV Fort Moultrie (ST-912)
(Note: USAV – United States Army Vessel)
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
- Research Vessel Bay Hydro II
Ship tours are free of charge and are scheduled for Thursday through Sunday, October 13-16, from 1pm to 6pm with no tours at North Locust Point on Saturday, October 15, due to the USS Zumwalt commissioning event.
Visitors are asked to plan ahead, arrive early, and pay careful attention to all posted parking signs, road closures, and ongoing transportation announcements. Residents and visitors alike should be aware that Saturday, October 15 is also the Baltimore Running Festival (aka Baltimore Marathon), and will require multiple road closures and cause traffic delays within Baltimore City. Taking the Light Rail or Metro is strongly recommended for Saturday to ease any traffic congestion due to the running festival.
Within the downtown Baltimore area, visitors are encouraged to “Use Your Feet to See the Fleet.” A Fleet Week Shuttle to the U.S. Navy ships in North Locust Point leaves from the Inner Harbor Visitor Center on Light Street during ship visiting hours Thursday, Friday and Sunday (no shuttle on Saturday). Other public transportation alternatives include the Charm City Circulator Banner Route or the MTA Bus Route 1 from the Inner Harbor. The Charm City Circulator and the MTA Bus will run on modified schedules and routes on Saturday, October 15 until 5 p.m. due to the Baltimore Running Festival. The Baltimore Water Taxi will also be operating to Fort McHenry.
Additional activities throughout the week will include the Chesapeake Galley & Beer Garden on Saturday and Sunday, October 15 & 16 featuring Chesapeake-inspired dining and local craft beers; a festival on the Inner Harbor promenade on October 13-16 featuring exhibitors from maritime, military, cultural and historic organizations; official visits by Navy leadership to select schools and community organizations; crew sporting competitions; community service projects; educational activities on-board the ships; musical entertainment and much more. Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show Baltimore is expected to bring visitors to Baltimore and the region, which will contribute to the economy through increased hotel bookings and spending at restaurants, shops and retail outlets.
Throughout the week-long celebration, visitors can tag photos and share videos on social media platforms using the hashtag #MDfleetweek and #SelfieWithaSailor.
For the latest updates, more information and a complete list of activities taking place during Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show Baltimore,visit www.mdfleetweek.com.
*Cruise and tour schedules will be modified on October 15 & 16 due to the air show.
About Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show Baltimore (October 10-17, 2016)
Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show Baltimore celebrates the rich naval traditions of the Chesapeake Bay and the contributions of Marylanders to the defense of the nation. The Blue Angels' Boeing F/A 18 Hornet jets and other aircraft will be on display on the Martin State Airport tarmac and in the skies over Fort McHenry and Middle Branch while schooners and U.S. and allied navy vessels will be ready for boarding visitors in the Inner Harbor, Fells Point and Locust Point. For more information, visit www.mdfleetweek.com.
About Historic Ships in Baltimore
Historic Ships in Baltimore represents one of the most impressive collections of military vessels in the world. Located within easy walking distance of each other, US Sloop-of-War CONSTELLATION, US Submarine TORSK, US Coast Guard Cutter TANEY, and Lightship 116 CHESAPEAKE exhibit life at sea from the mid-19th century to the mid-1980's. Also included in the collection is the Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse which marked the entrance to the Patapsco River and Baltimore Harbor for over 130 years. Historic Ships in Baltimore is a program of the Living Classrooms Foundation, which has its roots in the maritime heritage of the Chesapeake Bay. For more than 30 years, Living Classrooms has been providing hands-on maritime and environmental education programming for Baltimore area youth and adults. For more information, visit www.historicships.org and www.livingclassrooms.org.
About Maryland Tourism
The Maryland Office of Tourism is an agency of the Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts within the Maryland Department of Commerce. Visitors to the state spent $16.4 billion on travel-related expenses in 2014. The Maryland tourism industry also generated $2.2 billion in state and local taxes, and provided 140,288 jobs. For more information, visit www.visitmaryland.org.
About Northrop Grumman Corporation
Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in autonomous systems, cyber, C4ISR, strike, and logistics and modernization to customers worldwide. Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.