The US Navy has cancelled all upcoming appearance of the Blue Angels for the remainder of 2013, which means they won’t be appearing in San Francisco’s Fleet Week celebration, scheduled this year for October 10-14. The reason: sequestration cuts.

“This is one of many steps the Navy is taking to ensure resources are in place to support forces operating forward now and those training to relieve them,” the Navy said in a statement.

The federal sequestration cuts that went into effect on March 1 after Congress could not reach a compromise will mean $1.2 trillion in automatic cuts across various departments over the next decade.

The Navy said in a statement, “Recognizing budget realities, current defense policy states that outreach events can only be supported with local assets at no cost to the government.”

Elsewhere


Blue Angels Season Cancelled Due To Cuts [AP via HuffPo]
Blue Angels Will NOT Fly During Fleet Week 2013 [SFist]
Sequestration Cuts Cancel Navy Blue Angels Shows [CBS5]
Blue Angels will not perform at 2013 Fleet Week [ABC7]
Blue Angels grounded – no Bay Area show [Chron]

Mayor Ed Lee raised concerns that sequestration cuts could cancel the airshow in February of this year.

At the time, a mayoral spokesperson said that Fleet Week’s Parade of Ships could also be be cut due to budget concerns.

According to a February report by the Chron, “organizers are wondering whether Fleet Week could survive without those centerpieces.”

The Blue Angels will continue training at their home station in Pensacola, Fla., according to the Navy.

San Francisco Fleet Week officials were not immediately available to comment on the news.

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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  • http://twitter.com/GypsyWagon_OR Lisa Rios

    Yay! Good riddance! This INSANE spending should have been stopped a long time ago.

    • VicVicVic

      I am on the same page as you are, but one thing to keep in mind is that this event is a huge economic boost to the city of SF.

      Personally, I don’t care for the Blue Angels and the sound is a huge nuisance.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ed.bain.16 Ed Bain

      You’re a typical jerk who doesn’t appreciate the intrinsic value of the Blue Angels.

  • http://twitter.com/GypsyWagon_OR Lisa Rios

    Yay! Good riddance! This INSANE spending should have been stopped a long time ago.

    • VicVicVic

      I am on the same page as you are, but one thing to keep in mind is that this event is a huge economic boost to the city of SF.

      Personally, I don’t care for the Blue Angels and the sound is a huge nuisance.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ed.bain.16 Ed Bain

      You’re a typical jerk who doesn’t appreciate the intrinsic value of the Blue Angels.

  • jdmcneely@hotmail.com

    I hope that things will work out so that people will be able to experience the awesome Blue Angels in the near future

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1555136893 Richard Miller

      they could buy or check out a video if they wanted to see it. It probably costs the govt several million to put on a show. We just don’t have the money any more!

      • http://www.facebook.com/ed.bain.16 Ed Bain

        A video is no substitute for being there!

  • jdmcneely@hotmail.com

    I hope that things will work out so that people will be able to experience the awesome Blue Angels in the near future

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1555136893 Richard Miller

      they could buy or check out a video if they wanted to see it. It probably costs the govt several million to put on a show. We just don’t have the money any more!

      • http://www.facebook.com/ed.bain.16 Ed Bain

        A video is no substitute for being there!

  • Nobody Noname

    Can you imagine how well this will help the planet too without all these CO2 burning expensive toys around? Couple of these airplanes alone probably heat up the planet a few degrees.

    • skunky

      Airplanes burn CO2??

  • Nobody Noname

    Can you imagine how well this will help the planet too without all these CO2 burning expensive toys around? Couple of these airplanes alone probably heat up the planet a few degrees.

    • skunky

      Airplanes burn CO2??

  • http://twitter.com/kevindotwilli Kevin Williams

    I can’t wait until we have the budget to have the aerial equivalent of a monster truck show. Can you imagine flinging old cars over the bay so that F-16s can shoot them down with million dollar Sidewinder missiles? Fireworks aren’t going to do it anymore!

  • http://twitter.com/kevindotwilli Kevin Williams

    I can’t wait until we have the budget to have the aerial equivalent of a monster truck show. Can you imagine flinging old cars over the bay so that F-16s can shoot them down with million dollar Sidewinder missiles? Fireworks aren’t going to do it anymore!

  • Charlene Mori

    This is B.S. More revenue the city is losing. SF will lose the 49ers next season, S.C. & S.J. will reap the revenue from that. The noise only bothers the grumpy complainers.

  • Charlene Mori

    This is B.S. More revenue the city is losing. SF will lose the 49ers next season, S.C. & S.J. will reap the revenue from that. The noise only bothers the grumpy complainers.

  • Guest

    This is B.S. More revenue the city is losing. SF will lose the 49ers next season, S.C. & S.J. will reap the revenue from that. The noise only bothers the grumpy

  • Guest

    This is B.S. More revenue the city is losing. SF will lose the 49ers next season, S.C. & S.J. will reap the revenue from that. The noise only bothers the grumpy

  • Pontifikate

    Thank you sequestration. For years I’ve been assaulted by screeching planes coming dangerously close. I pity anyone in this city who survived wartime and had to endure the Blue Angels. Did anyone ever even think of them?

    • http://www.facebook.com/ed.bain.16 Ed Bain

      The military is what grants us our freedom…we real Americans welcome and admire the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angel team—you commie.

  • Pontifikate

    Thank you sequestration. For years I’ve been assaulted by screeching planes coming dangerously close. I pity anyone in this city who survived wartime and had to endure the Blue Angels. Did anyone ever even think of them?

    • http://www.facebook.com/ed.bain.16 Ed Bain

      The military is what grants us our freedom…we real Americans welcome and admire the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angel team—you commie.