Thousands pack SF waterfront for Fleet Week return

Oct 12, 2014 2:45 PM by News Staff

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Fleet Week weekend has kicked off with San Francisco's waterfront packed by thousands of people who witnessed the commissioning of the Navy's newest ship.

Shoulder-to-shoulder crowds are also enjoying airshows by the Blue Angels, the Navy's precision flight team. The event returned to San Francisco after being suspended last year because of budget cuts.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports Sunday that the highlight event his year has been the commissioning of the America, the U.S. Navy's newest addition to the Pacific Fleet.

The amphibious assault ship officially entered service Saturday. It is designed to land a force of U.S. Marines by helicopter and plane.

It also can provide help in case of a civilian disaster. There is a hospital aboard, food and provisions for thousands of troops.

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