Fleet Week South Florida

Fleet Week is a United States Navy, United States Marine Corps and United States Coast Guard tradition in which active military ships recently deployed in overseas operations dock in a variety of major cities for one week. Once the ships dock, the crews can enter the city and visit its tourist attractions. At certain hours, the public can take a guided tour of the ships. Often, Fleet Week is accompanied by military demonstrations and air shows such as provided by the Blue Angels.

A brief history on Fleet Week:

The first Fleet Week was celebrated in San Diego, California, during the 1935 California Pacific International Exposition.[2] The years between World War I and World War II saw an increasing military build-up in both Japan and Germany, while the communist Soviet Union (USSR) was given over to the wave of Stalinist nationalism. Most United States citizens experienced little sense of urgency about foreign developments because of isolationism and concerns with the ongoing economic Great Depression. However, then-U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, a former Assistant Secretary of the Navy, was intent on expanding the U.S. Navy in response to world political trends. A major aircraft company was moving to Lindbergh Field, (today more commonly known as San Diego International Airport). In this atmosphere, Fleet Week was born.

Fleet Week since then has moved to several different cities and during different seasons. Today starts the official kick-off of Fleet Week for South Florida. Below are some events that you guys can check out and enjoy!

ALL HANDS ON DECK

The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is once again this year hosting the All Hands On Deck Party today Monday, April 26th, beginning at 6pm in the Paradise Shoppes Courtyard for the 20th Annual Fleet Week – Port Everglades, presented by Humana Military Healthcare Services.

There will be live entertainment, including a concert by the Navy Band, drink specials, a dating game, prizes and giveaways.  It is free to the public, and everyone is encouraged to come and help welcome the Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen here to participate in South Florida’s 20th annual celebration of the maritime services, Fleet Week Port Everglades 2010.

Fleet Week Galley Wars


A Team Cooking Contest and Exhibition

The Galley Wars competition, organized by Broward Navy Days in association with Hugh’s Catering, pits military culinary specialists against each other in a contest to prepare the best food using only surprise ingredients. The culinary specialists come from the ships participating in Fleet Week Port Everglades.

An exciting and challenging competition, the rewards for the contest participants are bragging rights as “Iron Chefs of Modern Day Iron Ships.” For those attending the competition, the reward is an outstanding meal prepared by some of the most talented and resourceful culinary specialists serving in today’s United States, Canadian & German Military Culinary Specialists.

  • When:  Wednesday, 28 April 28th at 6:00 PM

  • Where: Hugh’s Culinary Facility, 4353 NE 12th Terrace, Oakland Park, FL 33334

  • Cost: $60 per person

  • Event Coordinator: Jean-Sebastien Gros

Ships Ahoy

The Young Professionals of Covenant House and Broward Navy Days, Inc. will be hosting the “Ships Ahoy” event, and offical Fleet Week party, at America’s Backyard on the evening of Wednesday, April 28th from 530-9pm in honor of our service men and women.  All military in uniform or with military ID get in free for the event.  The cost for others is outlined on the flyer (click on the image to view full-size).

All proceeds will benefit Covenant House Florida.

Listed below is the full week schedule for Fleet Week. Join in on all the festivities and get with the VIBE!

FLEET WEEK 2010 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

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Monday, April 26th

Ships Arrive
More than 1,000 men and women of the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, Royal Canadian Navy and German Navy will arrive to participate in South Florida’s 20th annual celebration of the maritime services, Fleet Week Port Everglades 2010.

4:30 – 6 p.m.
Official Ship Greeting Reception (Sponsors Only)
Presented by Seacor Holdings, Inc.

6 – 10 p.m.
All Hands On Deck Welcoming Party (Open to the Public – FREE Admission)
Presented by Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Paradise Shoppes Courtyard, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood 33314
Come out and join the men and women of the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, Royal Canadian Navy and German Navy as South Florida rolls out a great welcoming party! There will be Roll Call and recognition of Enlisted Person of the Year, as well as a concert by the Navy Band.

Tuesday, April 27th

7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Fleet Week Port Everglades Golf Classic (Open to the Public – Registration Required)
Fort Lauderdale Golf & Country Club
415 Country Club Circle, Plantation 33317
Limited this year to 25 teams
Click here for registration information (NEW lower prices)

7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Community Volunteering
Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen will be out in the Broward County community visiting hospitals, schools and working on a Habitat for Humanity project.

8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Blood Drive
Sailors, Marines, Coast Guardsmen engage in a competition to see which unit can donate the most blood to Community Blood Centers of South Florida.

8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Damage Control Olympics (Sponsors Only)
Presented by Resolve Marine Group, Inc.
An excellent and very visual event that demonstrates the dangers of life at sea – fire and flooding are a Sailor’s worst enemy, see how they train to hone damage control skills, including firefighting, flood control, and first aid.

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Ship Tours (Open to the Public – Registration Required, FREE)
Organized and prescheduled public ship tours will be available. All tour attendees must register online. Organized tours include groups from area schools, Navy recruiting, local JROTC, Boy and Girl Scouts, and selected VIPs. No children under 8 are permitted. Schedule varies for some ships and the submarine.

Noon – 2 p.m.
Employer Support for the Guard & Reserves Luncheon (Sponsors Only)
Employer Support of Guard and Reserve gathers South Florida business leaders as well as military personnel to discuss the role Guard and Reserve personnel play in today’s military and the importance of employer support for those “citizen soldiers” as they fulfill their commitments.

6 – 8 p.m.
Junior Officers’ Party (Open to the Public – FREE Admission)
Presented by Broward County Council Navy League of the United States
Briny Irish Restaurant & Pub, Las Olas Riverfront on the New River
305 South Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale 33301

6 – 9 p.m.
Chief Petty Officers’ Reception (Sponsors Only)
Presented by the Chief Petty Officers Association of Miami & Coral Ridge Yacht Club

Wednesday, April 28th

7:30 a.m. – Noon
Community Volunteering
Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen will be out in the Broward County community visiting hospitals, schools and working on a Habitat for Humanity project.

8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Blood Drive
Sailors, Marines, Coast Guardsmen engage in a competition to see which unit can donate the most blood to Community Blood Centers of South Florida.

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Ship Tours (Open to the Public – Registration Required, FREE)
Organized and prescheduled public ship tours will be available. All tour attendees must register online. Organized tours include groups from area schools, Navy recruiting, local JROTC, Boy and Girl Scouts, and selected VIPs. No children under 8 are permitted. Schedule varies for some ships and the submarine.

Noon – 2 p.m.
Celebrity Chef Luncheon (Sponsors Only)

5:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Ships Ahoy Party (Open to the Public, Ticket Required – Free for Military)
Presented by The Young Professionals For Covenant House
America’s Backyard
200 East Broward Blvd, Fort Lauderdale
Free for All Military Personnel in Uniform or with Military ID
$10 Young Pro Members, $15 Guests, $25 New Members
All Proceeds benefit the Covenant House
For more information, click here.

5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Ship Reception & Dinner (Invitation Only)
Presented by American Legion Post 142

6 – 9 p.m.
Ship Reception & Dinner (Invitation Only)
Presented by American Legion Post 222

6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Galley Wars (Reservation Required)
Fleet Week Port Everglades Galley Wars Competition pits military culinary specialists against each other in a contest to prepare the best food using only surprise ingredients. The culinary specialists come from the ships participating in Fleet Week Port Everglades. $60 per person – for more information, click here.

6 – 10 p.m.
Submariners Reception & Dinner (Sponsors Only)
Presented by Wilton Manors Kiwanis Club

Thursday, April 29th

7:30 a.m. – Noon
Community Volunteering
Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen will be out in the Broward County community visiting hospitals, schools and working on a Habitat for Humanity project.

8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Blood Drive
Sailors, Marines, Coast Guardsmen engage in a competition to see which unit can donate the most blood to Community Blood Centers of South Florida.

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Ship Tours (Open to the Public – Registration Required, FREE)
Organized and prescheduled public ship tours will be available. All tour attendees must register online. Organized tours include groups from area schools, Navy recruiting, local JROTC, Boy and Girl Scouts, and selected VIPs. No children under 8 are permitted. Schedule varies for some ships and the submarine.

6 – 9 p.m.
Enlisted Person of the Year Banquet (Open to the Public – Reservation Required)
Presented by the Boca-Delray Council Navy League of the United States Hugh’s Culinary
4351 NE 12th Terrace, Oakland Park 33334
$60 per person – For more information, contact Morrie Weinman

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Fishing Tournament Kick-Off Party (Sponsors Only)

Friday, April 30th

8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Fishing Tournament (Open to the Public – Reservation Required)
Pier 66 Marina
For more information, contact Kitty McGowan

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Ship Tours (Open to the Public – Registration Required, FREE)
Organized and prescheduled public ship tours will be available. All tour attendees must register online. Organized tours include groups from area schools, Navy recruiting, local JROTC, Boy and Girl Scouts, and selected VIPs. No children under 8 are permitted. Schedule varies for some ships and the submarine.

6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Dignitary Reception (Sponsors Only)

Saturday, May 1st

9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Beach Sporting Event (Open to the Public – FREE Admission)
Fort Lauderdale Beach, across from Bahia Mar Yacht Center
A friendly competition between teams from each of the ships in port.
For more information, contact Chuck Black

Sunday, May 2nd

11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Community Church Services and Luncheons
For more information, contact Corey Ranslem at 954-558-8128

1:00 – 5:00 PM
Marlins Baseball Game

Florida Marlins vs. Washington Nationals

Sun Life Stadium

Free Tickets & Transportation for Military Personnel

For more information, contact Joe Millsaps

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