Fort Baker, GGNRA (10/06/2017) – Fleet Week is a United States Navy, United States Marine Corps, and United States Coast Guard tradition in which active military ships recently deployed in overseas operations dock in a variety of major cities for one week. Once the ships dock, the crews can enter the city and visit its tourist attractions. At certain hours, the public can take a guided tour of the ships. Often, Fleet Week is accompanied by military demonstrations and air shows such as those provided by the Blue Angels (Wikipedia).
Not one to let this tradition slide, we headed out early to get a good parking space at Fort Baker. Naturally, we were in the front row. Only the best for WindChime of Marin!
We got a close-up of the Coast Guard 47-foot Motor Lifeboats and the morning shipping traffic under the Golden gate was a great prelude to the Fleet Week parade of ships.
At 11:00, the parade began with the San Francisco Fire Department’s Fireboat St. Francis leading the way, followed by the USS Essex LHD-2, a Navy amphibious assault ship.
She was followed by the USS Champion MCM-4, a Navy mine countermeasures ship, and the USCGS Stratton, a Coast Guard Cutter.
From Canada, the HMCS Winnipeg, a Royal Canadian Frigate. Followed by a fly-over of an MV-22 Osprey.
We saw one Blue Angels fighter fly over, but she was too fast for our cameras! With the parade safely into the Bay, the normal shipping traffic resumed its steady sailing under the Golden Gate while we boarded the bus and headed back to WindChime for lunch.
WindChime is Marin County’s specialized memory care community, nestled in a wooded residential area of Kentfield near the College of Marin.
To receive more information about WindChime of Marin or to reserve a time for a tour, please call (530) 414-9700.