NORFOLK -- This year's Fleet Week New York marks the 25th anniversary of the event, and Monday, several Norfolk-based ships left to participate in the celebration.
The amphibious assault ship USS Wasp, Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS San Jacinto, and Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Mitscher, USS Gonzalez, and USS Donald Cook all left Monday.
21 U.S. and coalition ships and more than 6,000 service men and women will participate in this year's celebration. It's a commemoration of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812, beginning with the Parade of Ships May 23.
Fleet Week New York provides an opportunity for the citizens of New York City and the surrounding areas to meet sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, and to see the capabilities of today's maritime services.
Fleet Week New York is one of the signature events around the country commemorating OpSail 2012, the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the Star-Spangled Banner.