Parade of Shipes SF Fleetweek 2009

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Fleet Week is normally all about the Navy. In year's past, the Navy has usually brought a large number of ships into San Francisco for the festivities. The last few years though, the number of vessels have been rather scarce. I believe the explanation is that the vessels are forward deployed, so not available.

The only Navy ship to make it this year was the USS Green Bay.
- Bernard Zee

Probably not 'officially' part of the parade of ships, the USCGC Narwhal is neverthelesss out there!

Another Marine Protector class ship is the Hawksbill.

A 25 foot Response Boat Homeland Security craft, part of the Maritime Safety and Security Team (MSST).

The USS Green Bay steams under the Golden Gate Bridge to kick off the Parade of Ships.

The LPD 20 Green Bay is a San Antonio class Amphibious Transport dock ship. It is used to transport Marines and their equipment, using hovercrafts or conventional landing craft. It can also support the landing using helicopters or VTOL aircraft from it's aft flightdeck.

The Green Bay gets a watershow from a San Francisco fireboat.

The USCGC Boutwell (WHEC 719) was next to go under the bridge.

Commissioned in Jan of 2009, the USS Green Bay is 684 ft long, can cary 4 CH-46 helicopters, 2 LCACs, 14 Expeditionary fighting vehicles, has a crew of 360, and can carry 699 troops.

Here's the fireboat putting up a nice spray of water in front of Alcatraz.

USS Green Bay is 4th of the San Antonio Class Amphibious ships. I believe 9 are planned!

The USCGC Boutwell is a High Endurance Cutter home ported in Alameda.

USCGC Boutwell served in Operation Iraqi Freedom guarding Iranian and Iraqi oil terminals.

HMCS Brandon (MM 710) is a Canadian Kingston class coastal defense vessel.

HMCS Whitehorse (MM 705) is the 2nd of 3 Canadian ships there.

The SS Jeremiah O'Brien is the only remaining Liberty ship. Moored at Pier 45 in San Francisco, it goes out on the Bay for special occasions like Fleet Week.

Right after the Parade of Ships, the Coast Guard did a helicopter rescue demonstration.

Here's the rescue swimmer jumping out of the helicopter.

The USS Green Bay was moored near AT&T park.

Primary armament of the Boutwell - the Otobreda 76 mm gun, can be seen here.

It also carries the Phalanx CIWS - which is used as point defense against planes and anti-ship missiles.

Here are the 3 Canadian Kingston class ships docked side by side.

Close up of HMCS Whiteforse, Edmonton, and Brandon.

The Boutwell with Coit tower in the back.

I believe the ships were open for tours during Fleet Week.

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