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Fleet Week 2005

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Fleet Week 2005
(Fleet Week 2005 Website)
(See Fleet Week 2004)

Mr. Chris Zendan, Fleet Week Public Affairs Officer

LT Tamsen Reese, Deputy Fleet Week Public Affairs Officer

LT Matt Galan and LT K.C. Choi, Fleet Week Public Affairs Media Relations

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
May 27, 2005


This morning my Fleet Week 2005 escort, LT Tom Porter of the US Navy Public Affairs Office, facilitated tours of the USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) (with the help of Petty Officer Rodriguez) and of the USS Porter (DDG-78) (with the help of Chief Santana).

According to LT Porter, The USS John F. Kennedy aircraft carrier, commissioned in 1968 and home-ported in Mayport, FL, is the centerpiece of Fleet Week 2005. It is 1,052 feet long and displaces more than 82,000 tons. She can reach speeds of more than 30 knots. There are more than 3,100 Sailors aboard, with an additional 2,400 personnel, when the air wing is embarked. More than 80 aircraft can be carried aboard.

He also told me that The USS Porter is an Arleigh Burke Class Guided Missile Destroyer. It is outfitted with the AEGIS combat system and the SPY-1 radar system. The Destroyer has anti-air, anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare capabilities. It has a length of 505 feet and displaces 8.400 tons when fully loaded. The ship carries 323 Sailors. I met visiting US Marines and visiting Pakistani Naval Officers. The Marines onboard HMM 263 Helicopter gave me a special HMM 263 insignia patch, which I mailed to my nephew to sew on a jacket.

According to LT Tom Porter, also in Manhattan for this Fleet Week 2005 were a Navy Afloat Laboratory Starfish and USCGC Vigorous (WMEC-627) from Cape May, NJ. On the USS John F. Kennedy I saw the hangar bay and flight deck. I also saw, among other aircraft, the new Joint Strike Fighter and the E-2 Hawkeye. On the USS Porter, I was impressed with the Combat Information Center (CIC), an intricate network of computers, televisions, radios, and very complex wiring, all designed for the purpose of military defense. I also saw the Tomahawk armored box launchers.

In the Fleet Week venues at the Hudson River Pier 88, all of the US Naval officers and personnel, as well as visiting Marines and visiting Pakistani Naval officers, were courteous and professional. During the entire Fleet Week 2005, I have seen sailors and Naval officials all over town, and they have been a welcome addition to NYC each May, after their carriers proceed down the Hudson, and their military representatives say hello once again. I look forward to Fleet Week 2006.



Aboard USS John F. Kennedy
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Aboard USS John F. Kennedy
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Aboard USS John F. Kennedy
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Visiting Marines
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Petty Officer Rodriguez and LT Tom Porter
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Visiting Marines
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Petty Officer Rodriguez, LT Porter, and Visiting Pakistani Naval Officers
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US Naval Guide
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Anchor Links on USS John F. Kennedy
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



HMM 263 Marine Helicopter
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Aboard USS John F. Kennedy
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Joint Strike Fighter
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



E-2 Hawkeye
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Aboard USS John F. Kennedy
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



British Concorde at USS Intrepid
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Aboard USS Porter
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



LT Porter's Naval Awards
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Aboard USS Porter
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Chief Santana and LT Porter
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Mess Deck on USS Porter
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Visiting Marines
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower




For more information, contact Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower at zlokower@bestweb.net