Photo: U.S. Navy
In anticipation of New York’s upcoming Fleet Week — the biggest annual celebration of the military sea services — we present one of the top-class ships that will be sailing into Pier 90 next Wednesday, 23 May.And Business Insider will be on it, which is a pretty big honour as only a few visitors are allowed aboard for this trip every year. Thanks to Navy public affairs officer LCDR Sarah Higgins for her help in getting us a close up look at what life as a Navy sailor is really like.
The USS Wasp (LHD 1) — a multipurpose amphibious assault ship — usually has a crew of more than 2000 Marines and Sailors onboard. Being amphibious, she serves both sea and land missions. Check out the pictures linked below to see how this is possible.
Embarking in Norfolk, Va., this weekend, we’ll have BI Military & defence editor Robert Johnson spending a few days on the Wasp, getting stuck-in with service members as the ship cruises over to New York City. And he’s already gotten permission to take a ton of pictures.
Fleet Week will bring dozens of fascinating military demonstrations by the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.
We read about combat ships in the news; see them in Hollywood movies, on TV, and in stunning pictures — now with Fleet Week, the public is invited to set foot onboard. Don’t miss a visit to any one of the military vessels docking in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Staten Island next week.
This means warfighting Marines sail onboard — always ready to get dropped off for combat operations on land
Using amphibious assault vehicles (AAVs), troops are ready to disembark as a landing force to be reckoned with
At Fleet Week, attendees will get to interact with service members in dozens of public demonstrations
Here, a Gunner's Mate 2nd Class fires a .50-calibre machine gun off the port side during weapons qualifications
Pictured here at Port Everglades during a 'Damage Control Olympics' event last month
The ship was modified for the F-35B last year — the fighter successfully launched and landed vertically on the Wasp in October
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