Fleet Week USA Comes to Port Everglades May 1-7
March 20, 2006

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. ­ Thousands of sailors arriving in several U.S. Navy ships will be the guests of honor at Fleet Week USA presented by McDonalds, in the nation¹s largest salute to our men and women in the U.S. Military.

Four U.S. Navy ships, a fast attack submarine, a U.S. Coast Guard cutter and two Canadian Navy vessels are set to come into Port Everglades May 1-7.  The annual celebration is designed to thank the nation¹s sea-going military personnel for their dedicated service to our country.

Fleet Week USA is part of the McDonald¹s National Salute to America¹s Heroes. Combined with the McDonald¹s Air & Sea Show' presented by CBS 4, on May 6 and 7, the National Salute has become one of the world¹s largest spectator events drawing millions annually for a weeklong celebration to
showcase the United States Armed Forces and all American heroes.   The
events officially kick-off National Military Appreciation Month celebrated each May.

"Fleet Week USA reinforces the vital symbiotic relationship necessary between the U.S. Navy and the American people," said Rear Admiral Mark Boensel, Commander of Navy Region Southeast. "All of us who wear the Naval uniform appreciate events such as Fleet Week USA and the tremendous outpouring of support shown by the citizens of South Florida for the many great young Americans who have chosen to serve their country. Several Fleet Week USA events allow the public to come out and see their Sailors and Marines and interact with some of the fine men and women who defend their freedom.  I heartily invite you to attend Fleet Week activities -- you will be happy that you did."

The ships arriving for Fleet Week USA will bring almost three thousand Navy sailors, Marines and Coast Guard personnel to the nation's favorite liberty port.  In historic tradition, the Goodyear Blimp will escort the ships into port as they arrive the morning of May 1.  In World War II, Goodyear built airships to provide the U.S. Navy with aerial support as convoy escorts, and for anti-submarine patrolling.

"Fleet Week USA will give a red carpet welcome to the men and women aboard our visiting Navy ships," said event spokeswoman Elaine Fitzgerald.  "The public will be able to participate in a number of Fleet Week events, so this is the chance for all of South Florida to say thank you to those sea-going service people who put their lives on the line for our country."

Visiting ships are expected to include:

- USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79)             Guided Missile Destroyer
- USS Boone (FFG 28)                 Guided Missile Frigate
-  USS Shreveport (LPD 12)             Amphibious Transport Dock
-  USS San Antonio                      Amphibious Transport Dock
- US CGC Elm                     Coast Guard Cutter
-  TBA                         Fast Attack Submarine
-  HMCS Preserver (ADR510)             Canadian Auxillary Oiler
                                                            Replenishment Ship
- HMCS Halifax (FFH 330)                 Canadian Frigate (helicopter
                                                                    carrier)
    
Many of the sailors visiting South Florida will volunteer some of their time
for a variety of community service projects.   They will help build homes
for Habitat for Humanity, give talks to students at local schools and visit patients at local hospitals.

A Celebrity Chefs Luncheon presented by Affinity Internet, Inc. will take place Wednesday, May 3, from 12-2:00 p.m. aboard each ship, where popular chef¹s from television and local restaurants will work with Navy chefs to prepare an exciting lunch for invited guests and crew members.

Fleet Week USA will have a host of events open to the public:

o  The community is invited to celebrate with visiting sailors at the "All Hands on Deck" opening party presented by Calvin Giordano & Assoc., Inc. at Seminole Paradise Shops at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Monday, May 1, from 6 - 10 p.m.

o  The Fleet Week USA Golf Classic benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will be held on Tuesday, May 2, at the Fort Lauderdale Golf and Country Club from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. (shot gun scramble).  Fivesomes (including a sailor) and corporate sponsorships are available.

o   Liberty Call party at Beach Place on Tuesday, May 2, from 6 - 10 p.m.

o  The public is welcome to come out to the Anchors Aweigh party which will be held Wednesday night, May 3, at The Historic Downtowner from 6 - 10 p.m.

o  The public may attend Fleet Week USA Intramural Athletic Tournaments to see teams of sailors from each ship compete at local parks.

The public may volunteer to help with Fleet Week USA events by visiting www.nationalsalute.com.

Due to enhanced security at Port Everglades, visitation on Fleet Week ships will be limited to school groups, Junior ROTC and similar organizations with pre-clearance and background checks.  The Broward Sheriff¹s Office, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Navy are working with national security agencies to ensure that this year¹s Fleet Week USA is a success.

Sponsors for Fleet Week USA presented by McDonald¹s include: Affinity Internet, Inc., Broward County Transit, Calvin Giordano & Assoc., Inc., Miller Brewing Company, Nova Southeastern University, Port Everglades Pilots, Port Everglades - department of Broward County, Resolve Marine Group, Inc., Seabulk Towing, Inc., and Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

Fleet Week USA media sponsors include: CBS 4, UPN 33, TVX 34, Comcast Spotlight, the Miami Herald, the Happy Times Newspaper, 99.9 KISS Country, Power 96, Sports Radio 560 WQAM, WFTL 850 AM and Van Wagner Aerial Media.

Thanks go to many organizations that help make Fleet Week USA possible
including:  City of Hollywood, Port Everglades-Department of Broward County, Broward Sheriffs Office, Broward County Board of County Commissioners, and Tri-Rail.

For more information on Fleet Week USA, the public may contact:

    Website: http://www.nationalsalute.com
    Hotel Reservation Hotline:  (954) 561-9556