Seafair Fleet Week - Boeing Maritime Celebration
Date(s): Wednesday, July 30 - Sunday, August 3, 2014
Location: Seattle Waterfront | Pier 66, 69 & 90
Time: Parade of Ships: Wed 1:45 p.m. | Ship Tours: Pier 66 & 69 - Thurs - Sat 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Sun 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.; Pier 90 - Thurs - Sun 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Seafair Fleet Week has been a tradition in Seattle since 1950 with multiple ships annually coming into the Port of Seattle to celebrate this region’s premier summertime festival. In partnership with Navy League Seattle Council and Port of Seattle, Seafair Fleet Week honors the men and women of the military who proudly and courageously serve our country!

A special thanks to Navy League Seattle and the Port of Seattle for its partnership in planning and supporting Seattle Seafair Fleet Week.

To download the Seafair Fleet Week & Boeing Maritime Celebration Fan Guide, CLICK HERE.

Parade of Ships & Flight

Wednesday, July 30 | 1:45 p.m.

*This event is FREE to the public!

Gather at the Seattle Waterfront for a spectacular show at the Parade of Ships & Flight! Vessels from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Marines and the Royal Canadian Navy will participate in the display. Military aircraft will fly overhead for the public to watch in celebration of the men and women who serve our country.

Parade of Ships

The Leschi Seattle Fireboat

The Leschi, built in 2007, is a 108-foot fireboat that can shoot 22,000 gallons of water per minute and travel at 14 knots. Features include a 55' crane with a telescoping fire line and ladder, an infrared (thermal imaging) camera, and a medical treatment center. It is a CBRNE (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, explosive) response vessel.

USS Essex (LHD 2, U.S. Navy)

USS Essex stretches 844 feet in length and almost 186 feet high. It has 1,426 compartments, two propellers both 16 feet in diameter and two rudders. Each of its two anchors weights 40,000 lbs, and the craft can reach speeds of 24 plus knots.

USS Chancellorsville (CG 62, U.S. Navy)

USS Chancellorsville carries guided missiles and rapid-fire cannons, with anti-air, anti-surface and anti-subsurface capabilities. She also carries two Seahawk Light airborne multi-purpose system helicopters, focused on anti-submarine warfare.

USS Howard (DDG 83, U.S. Navy)

USS Howard returned home from a seven month long deployment on July 3rd. The ship and her 300 sailors sailed the Pacific Ocean and conducted exercises with the Republic of Korea navy, among other events.

CGC Mellon (U.S. Coast Guard)

USCGC Mellon is a high-endurance cutter homeported in Seattle. It is designed to perform each of the U.S. Coast Guard’s missions, which include search and rescue, defense operations, law enforcement and environmental protection.

HMCS Brandon (Royal Canadian Navy)

HMCS Brandon has served in the Canadian Forces since 1999 and is currently assigned to Maritime Forces Pacific. The vessel is homeported at CFB Esquimalt and stretches 181 feet in length.

HMCS Edmonton (Royal Canadian Navy)

HMCS Edmonton (MM 703) has served in the Canadian Forces since 1997. The vessel spans 181 feet in length and is the fourth ship of its class. It was built for the Maritime Coastal Defence Vessel Project.

Parade of Flight

The mighty Sikorsky CH-53 Echo Super Stallion helicopter is one of the largest operational military helicopters in the world today and is the backbone of Marine Corps heavy vertical lift. This mighty helicopter is capable of carrying over 30,000 pounds of cargo including High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles, better know as HUMVEEs, howitzers, personnel and more.

The AH-1 Zulu is a significantly improved version of the venerable AH-1J and T models, which have served the Marine Corps since 1968. The “Zulu” Viper (formerly known as the Cobra) has twice the power and lift capability of the previous versions and can be equipped with air-to–air and air to ground missiles as well as possessing a deadly anti-armor capability.

The UH-1Y Venom, formerly known as the Huey, is a two-engined, twin-piloted helicopter is used for re-supply, small unit insertions & extractions, casualty evacuations in addition to escort and command and control.

The CH-46E Sea Knight, affectionately known as the "Phrog", is one the oldest serving aircraft in the United States Marine Corps’ inventory, serving since 1964. These aircraft from Marine Medium Helicopter Training Squadron 164 (HMMT-164) are a Fleet Replacement Squadron based out of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. Known as the Knightriders, they also fall under the command Marine Aircraft Group 39 (MAG-39) and the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (3rd MAW).

Not quite a helicopter, not quite an airplane, one of the newest aircraft to enter the operational Marine Fleet is the MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft. The Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey is an American multi-mission, military, tiltrotor aircraft with both a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL), and short takeoff and landing (STOL) capability. It is designed to combine the functionality of a conventional helicopter with the long-range, high-speed cruise performance of a turboprop aircraft.

Coast Guard Search and Rescue Demonstration


Search and Rescue, or SAR, is one of the U.S. Coast Guard’s oldest missions. At the Parade of Ships and Flight, the U.S. Coast Guard will demonstrate how they minimize the loss of life and injury by rendering aid to persons in distress in the maritime environment using the MH-65 Dolphin helicopter.

Ship Tours

Pier 66

USS Chancellorsville (CG 62, U.S. Navy)

USS Howard (DDG 83, U.S. Navy)

Thursday, July 31 - Saturday, August 2 

9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Sunday, August 3

12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Pier 69

HMCS Edmonton (Royal Canadian Navy)

HMCS Brandon (Royal Canadian Navy)

*Note: there will be no tours at Pier 69 on Saturday, August 2.

Thursday, July 31 - Friday, August 1

9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Sunday, August 3

12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Pier 90

USS Essex (LHD 2, U.S. Navy)

CGC Mellon (U.S. Coast Guard) (no tours on Friday, August 1)

Thursday, July 31 - Sunday, August 3

12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

*Ship tours are FREE to the public!

Metro Transit - Military

From July 26 through August 3rd, all military personnel will be able to ride Metro Transit free of charge while in uniform or showing a Military ID.

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Event Sponsors
The Boeing Company, Navy League of Seattle, Port of Seattle, KIRO 7 Eyewitness News.