NS Mayport-based USS Little Rock (LCS 9) and USS Zephyr (PC 8) was among the four U.S. Navy ships, three U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) cutters, four U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) yard patrol boats (YPs), two Military Sealift Command ships, and one Royal Canadian Navy vessel that participated in the 2018 Fleet Week New York (FWNY).
More than 2,300 Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen attended this year from San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Arlington (LPD 24); Kingston-class coastal defence vessel HMCS Moncton (MM 708), from Canadian Forces Base Halifax; Sentinel-class cutter USCGC Richard Snyder (WPC 1127); Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57); USS Little Rock (LCS 9); Bay-class cutter USCGC Sturgeon Bay (WTGB 109); Reliance-class cutter USCGC Diligence (WMEC 616), USS Zephyr (PC 8); and Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport USNS City of Bismarck (T-EPF-9).
Now in its 30th year, FWNY is the city’s time-honored celebration of the sea services. It is 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.
For USS Little Rock (LCS 9) starting her fresh life as a newly commissioned ship, Fleet Week was a wonderful opportunity to show the Navy’s commitment to building a bigger and better fleet. The Sailors of the Little Rock, who had an unexpected stop in Montreal this winter, got a chance to relax and show off their impressive warship to the people they work so hard to protect.
Little Rock Sailors at New York Fleet Week enjoyed being a part of a multitude of activities such as attending The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallen, The Today Show, and Fox and Friends. Also they participated in parades, tours, dinners, community relations, and loved the all-around hospitality they felt from the citizens of New York.
“The town was incredible. Everyone was so kind and welcoming and generous. We all took tons of pictures and selfies with grateful civilians and were able to show off the ship that we work so hard to maintain,” said Ensign Samantha Robbins, First Lieutenant on board USS Little Rock.
For a Sailor, there is nothing as rewarding as simply knowing what they do for the American people is appreciated. The Sailors of the USS Little Rock will not soon forget their time in New York and thank the people of NYC for being such amazing hosts.