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The Coast Guard Barque Eagle sails up the Hudson River in the Parade of Ships as part of the New York City Fleet Week 2012 events. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by PO2 Erik Swanson) The Coast Guard Barque Eagle sails up the Hudson River in the Parade of Ships as part of the New York City Fleet Week 2012 events. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by PO2 Erik Swanson)
NEW YORK (AP) -

Naval vessels ranging from a U.S. amphibious assault ship to a Finnish minelayer are participating in New York City's Fleet Week.   

The organization Operation Sail says 17 tall ships from around the world also will be in the city. The large vessels are rigged with traditional sails.  

Military flyovers also are part of the festivities. The U.S. Navy Blue Angels flew above the Hudson River and various landmarks. 

This year's event marks the Bicentennial of the War of 1812.  Military ships from Japan, Canada, Finland and the United Kingdom will be docked around the city. 

The U.S. Navy's lineup includes guided-missile destroyers and the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Wasp.

Another highlight is the Eagle. The three-masted Barque was built in 1936 as a German training ship. It's now used to train cadets at the Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut.

http://www.fleetweeknewyork.com

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