NYC's Fleet Week kicks off with parade of ships

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The following is the text of a news release from the U.S. Coast Guard:

(NEW YORK) — Fleet Week New York 2017 kicked off Wednesday morning with the annual parade of ships along the Hudson River. 

The parade included U.S. Coast Guard cutters and small boats, several U.S. Navy ships, Naval Academy patrol boats, a Royal Canadian Navy ship, oceanographic research vessel Neil Armstrong and local partner agency vessels. 

Fleet Week New York, now in its 29th year, is the city's time-honored celebration of the sea services, and an unparalleled opportunity for the citizens of New York and the surrounding tri-state area to meet sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, as well as witness firsthand the latest capabilities of today's maritime services. 

The event has been held nearly every year since 1984, and it is anticipated nearly 5,000 sailors, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen will participate this year.

By Professional Mariner Staff