Fleet Week Is Back! - New York News

Fleet Week Is Back!

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New York, New York (My9NJ) - Fleet week is back in New York City after being canceled last year due to federal navy budget cuts. The week kicks off with 1,500 servicemen and women from the Navy, Coast Guard and Marines ascending on New York Harbor for a week full of events, parades, air shows and tours of all of the ships from 8-5 pm every day. Throughout the week, U.S. ships from around the world will keep rolling in, and safety is a big a priority.

Former FBI special agent and terrorism expert, Jon Gilliam, noted the even though the harbor is surrounded by a ring of steel, the presence of these warships are a reminder that some people still want to hurt the United States.

“In New York, where all the ships are docked, you’re going to see an increase of people out, and also an increase in overall manpower that needs to be spread all over the city and in certain targeted areas,” he said.

Gilliam pointed out that there is always a possible security threat when you have large crowds of people gathering together for festivities, but the importance of these ships to our military and the value of the servicemen and women aboard them makes these ships a particularly enticing target for terrorists.

During Fleet Week, the USS Cole will be coming into the harbor parading around with the other ships, but even then, the machine gunners aboard the Cole will be in place and ready in case anything happens. Gilliam says the best defense against any possible terrorism going into fleet week and Memorial Day weekend is for all of us to stay on high alert, and if you see something suspicious, say something.

“Always be aware, whether you are on a trip somewhere or you’re doing something by yourself, or in this case, you have this event that is coming here in New York, citizens first and foremost, are probably the best deterrent because there are more of them,” Gilliam stated.

Ironically, Gilliam thinks that New Jersey is actually more susceptible to terrorism at this time because the Garden State will have less security present. Gilliam urges everyone to always stay alert and be aware of your surroundings.


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