SUNY Maritime to host Navy EPF for Fleet Week

The following is the text of a news release from the State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College:

(THROGGS NECK, N.Y.) — For the first time in its nearly 30-year history, Fleet Week New York is expanding into the Bronx. SUNY Maritime College will host a U.S. Navy expeditionary fast transport (EPF) vessel at its 600-foot Olivet Pier during Memorial Day weekend. 

USNS Yuma will arrive on campus Wednesday, May 24. It will be open to visitors for tours from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, May 25, through Monday, May 29.

Visitors over 8 years old are welcome to tour Yuma at SUNY Maritime. Due to space constraints, reservations are required. To request a tour, click here.

Yuma, christened in 2016, is a transport vessel. It can carry up to 600 tons of military cargo, has a flight deck for helicopter operations and a ramp for vehicles to load and unload quickly. Operated by Military Sealift Command, the ship is designed to support military operations, but not to be an active participant. 

“SUNY Maritime is delighted to be the first and only location in the Bronx to participate in Fleet Week this year,” said Maj. Gen. Bob Wolf, associate director of veteran and military affairs. “One of the college’s main focal points is to educate merchant mariners, many of whom go on to work for Military Sealift Command. Hosting this ship on campus is particularly exciting for Maritime College.”

Fleet Week began in New York City in 1984 as a way to introduce the general public to the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. During Memorial Day weekend, dozens of vessels will sail into New York Harbor and be tied up at piers in all five boroughs. 

Adult visitors to the ship must have identification on them to board the vessel. Strollers and wheelchairs are not allowed on board. 

SUNY Maritime College is at 6 Pennyfield Ave. in Throggs Neck.

By Professional Mariner Staff