Marking the arrival of the second annual LA Fleet Week, streets in downtown San Pedro will be closed Wednesday night for an outdoor welcoming party that will feature live music, dancing and plenty of food and drink.
“We’re going to lay out the blue carpet,” Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino said at a Tuesday news conference on board the Battleship Iowa.
Later in the day, the USS Anchorage amphibious warship glided into the Port of Los Angeles — delayed by several hours due to coastal fog — as preparations entered the final phase for the weekend’s big festival along the waterfront.
The festival runs Friday through Monday but the celebrations already have begun.
Some 1,100 U.S. service men and women will be in port, along with 220 Royal Canadian service members — all on the crews of the six visiting ships.
Not only does the event showcase the Navy, said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti in remarks at Tuesday’s news conference, but it’s chance for the Port of Los Angeles to be in the spotlight.
Last year’s inaugural Fleet Week drew more than 200,000 people, according to the Port of Los Angeles, and this year’s bigger event could bring in more.
Fleet Week also is an opportunity for visitors to meet and talk with the country’s military men and women.
“Talk with our service members, we’re immensely proud of them and we’re sure you will be, too,” said Navy Rear Adm. Cathal O’Connor, commander of Expeditionary Strike Group 3, who was among those at the Iowa news conference Tuesday.
A late add to LA Fleet Week’s ship lineup was the USS Pasadena, a submarine that also arrived Tuesday and is at Berth 46 (in San Pedro’s Outer Harbor at 3011 Miner St.). The submarine will not be open for tours but visitors can still see it docked at the southern end of Miner Street near the S.S. Lane Victory.
In addition to the Anchorage and Pasadena, visiting ships are the USS Scout, USS Dewey, HMCS…