BlueAngel.jpgAs part of San Francisco’s 31st annual Fleet Week a hovercraft will be landing on Ocean Beach today, a bevy of military personnel will be showcasing their disaster preparedness skills and the Blue Angels will be flying overhead this week.

The Blue Angels, the Navy’s precision flight demonstration team, will start their air show rehearsals Thursday between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Starting Friday at 12:30 p.m., the team will be part of an air show that continues throughout the weekend on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and Sunday at noon with a full Fleet Week air show featuring the squadron’s engines roaring at 3 p.m. on both weekend days.

“You will hear jets over the city of San Francisco” Thursday through Sunday, San Francisco Fleet Week Association spokesperson David Perry said.

Perry suggested viewing the jets any place along the water. The air show usually stays toward the eastern San Francisco Bay side of the city, but covers most of the city’s airspace.

Here on solid ground, a meet-and-greet with the Blue Angels team will be held at San Francisco’s Pier 39 Friday night at 7:15 p.m.

Among the scheduled events held throughout the city and parts of Oakland and Alameda that continue through Monday, the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps will land a hovercraft on Ocean Beach today, according to the Army’s 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade.

The amphibious hovercraft, which is officially called a landing craft air cushion, operates from the USS Makin Island, which is an assault ship that will be berthed at Piers 30/32, and Marines will showcase the craft’s abilities in a disaster situation at the beach.

Tours of the USS Makin Island will be available over the weekend, event organizers said.
Participants can tour a range of other ships from the Navy and U.S. Coast Guard docked along the southern waterfront, Pier 80 and Piers 30/32 Friday through Monday.

Visiting hours vary by ship throughout the weekend.

Several ships, including those from the Royal Canadian Navy, will set sail Saturday morning at 11 a.m. as part of the Parade of Ships and sail under the Golden Gate Bridge and head to their various berths along the Bay.

On top of the packed Fleet Week weekend schedule is the America’s Cup World Series racing from 2 p.m. Organizers advise viewing the sailing race from the Crissy Field and Marina District areas.

Fleet Week is organized by the San Francisco Fleet Week Association, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to honor the men and women in the U.S. Armed Forces and to conduct and offer disaster preparedness training.

Organizers are urging attendees to take public transit and check online for any service or changes.

More information about Fleet Week can be found at

Sasha Lekach, Bay City News

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