Kid checks out a military robot at the STEM fair on the Broadway Pier during San Diego’s 2016 Fleet Week.
2016 Fleet Week is a big deal in San Diego. Our city is the home port of much of the United States Navy’s Pacific Fleet. Today, Saturday, I walked down to the Embarcadero to see a little of what is going on during the event this year. I visited the Broadway Pier and the military STEM fair, then headed over to the USS Midway Museum. The flight deck of the USS Midway was by far the best vantage point to watch today’s Sea and Air Parade, which I learned has returned to San Diego after an eight years’ absence.
As usual, many events are being held during Fleet Week in San Diego. On the Broadway Pier and the B Street Pier, exhibits demonstrate various technologies utilized by the military.
Visitors at 2016 Fleet Week on the Broadway Pier peer inside an LAV-25A2 Light Armored Vehicle.
A water filtration system that uses reverse osmosis in the field, often far from reliable water sources, on display for curious STEM fair visitors.
This enormous gun on San Diego’s Embarcadero during 2016 Fleet Week is an M777A2 155MM Howitzer.
And this is an M327 120MM Rifled Towed Mortar.
Inside the Port Pavilion, an extensive exhibit demonstrates medical facilities that would be set up near an area of combat. This is a surgical tent.
This is a dental chair! Even the toughest warriors occasionally need to have cavities filled.
Out on the boardwalk near the USS Midway, cool cars are on display for 2016 Fleet Week in San Diego.
One of many cars that visitors to the Embarcadero can check out. They are on display to promote the speed festival at North Island next weekend. Races are held every year during Fleet Week on the Navy air base’s huge runway!
This car, I was told, would actually race in the Fleet Week Coronado Speed Festival. The public can watch auto races next weekend at Naval Air Station North Island, situated across San Diego Bay.
People buy tickets to board the USS Midway Museum. The aircraft carrier turned 71 years old today. It has become one of San Diego’s top attractions.
Inside the hangar deck of the USS Midway during 2016 Fleet Week. The aircraft carrier has been voted best museum ship in the United States.
The USS Midway aircraft carrier celebrated its 71st anniversary today. She was commissioned just as World War II came to an end.
A cake to celebrate 71 years of history on the USS Midway!
Up on the Midway’s flight deck, people head toward viewpoints overlooking San Diego Bay. Fleet Week’s Sea and Air Parade is about to begin!
At the rail of the USS Midway. There are beautiful views in every direction. Any day is a great day to visit.
Navy officers and VIPs listen to some short speeches just before the Sea and Air Parade begins.
USS Midway Museum volunteer salutes the American flag while the Star Spangled Banner is sung.
Here comes USS America, the flagship of 2016 Fleet Week in San Diego. She is only the fourth American warship to ever be given the very special name.
Sailors in white line the deck of USS America as she passes through San Diego Bay during Fleet Week’s Sea and Air Parade.
Next comes the USS Champion, an Avenger class ship that can seek out and destroy mines.
According to my Fleet Week program book, I believe this is an ACTUV, or Anti-Submarine Continuous Trail Unmanned Vehicle. Correct me if I’m wrong!
People watch the Sea and Air Parade from launch ramps at the bow of the USS Midway.
Folks gathered on Navy Pier wave to tourists and others crossing the bay on the Coronado Ferry.
The Coast Guard’s USCGC Sherman endurance cutter is given an assist by a tug boat as it comes into dock during the Sea and Air Parade.
Lots of people watch the action on San Diego Bay from the end of the Broadway Pier. USS Kidd is in the background, hosting public tours from the B Street Pier.
A pair of jets pass overhead during the 2016 San Diego Fleet Week Sea and Air Parade.
People on the flight deck of USS Midway take in sunshine and military pageantry during 2016 Fleet Week in San Diego.
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