Fleet Week - USS Cole

Fleet week is a time honored tradition where New York City and its surrounding areas would have the opportunity to meet the men and women of the Navy, Marines and Coast Guards. You would see them walk around Times Square in uniform. It is a sight that never fails to put a smile on my face. It is also an indication that Memorial Day is coming soon and it is the unofficial start of summer (or at least you know it is coming soon).

This year we decided to go to Staten Island and line up to see the participating ships this year. We head up to downtown New York to catch the ferry to Staten Island. The ferry trip often gets skipped by the tourists to New York City. It is free and one of the best way to see the Downtown New York from the water and the Statue of Liberty, even from afar.

We were worried that we could get caught in the rain but we came a long way and decided to wait for our turn.

There were 2 ships open for visit and both lines were long. We decided to line up for the largest ship: USS Cole.

While waiting we amuse ourselves on activities like the show and tell. I think this one was about safety.

Checking out the patrolling Coast Guard.

Once we got through the ramp, there is still a wait onboard. But the tour guide is very friendly, you can ask them anything.

He was telling us something technical about those equipments. All I can think about that his uniform is spotless.

He was telling us about the details on the range, etc. Hubby seem to be all ears on this.

This was the first time we participated on visiting the open fleet. Other than the long line and the wait, I came informed and impressed how these ships sail and give you a slice of life while onboard or at sea. Every guide we talked to were so friendly and you know that they enjoy what they do. I admire that. Big time.

If you haven't visited the open fleets at Fleet Week, you should try it at least once. I think it is worth it.

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