What do the 07/21/2002 post 9/11 themed “Anchors Away” episode of Sex and the City and the 3/10/1993 “Conduct Unbecoming” episode of Law and Order have in common? Fleet Week, NYC!!!! This is when ships deployed in overseas operations from the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard invade one of our country’s great river cities. This year’s celebrations was May 23-30 and what a spectacular week it was! This year was more important than many as it marks the bicentennial of the war of 1812 and also pays tribute to Francis Scott Key’s ‘The Star Spangled Banner’.
Who’s who is the episode of Law and Order? Of course there is Chris Noth, akaMr. Big, aka John James Preston, aka Mike Logan but there is also The Good Wife’s Julianna Margulies, aka Alicia Florrick, aka Lt. Ruth Mendoza. Turns out she’s not so good in this episode of Law and Order as she was a bit of a party girl. I get chills talking about this as while The Good Wife is set in Chicago, Ill, it’s actually filmed in NYC. And no one can forget Jerry Orbach, aka Lennie Brisco, a true New York native and staple, may he rest in peace.
As for the characters from Sex and the City, they each have their share of issues. Samantha was on the outs with Richard, Miranda is struggling with motherhood, Charlotte thinks everyone will only have two great loves in their lives and Carrie wants to soak up all her favorite city has to offer. Out of all the characters on Sex and the City, I could relate most with Samantha Jones as I was a bit too long in the tooth to be trotting around with the boys in white. If I was single, I probably would be Carrie Bradshaw, messing around with a sailor young enough… Well, you get the point. The guy she was crushing on, Daniel Sunjata had a recurring role on Law and Order: SVUas CSU technician Burt Trevor. But I went for educational and research purposes. I definitely plan to attend next year!
More about Fleet Week. You could have been anywhere along the Hudson Wednesday morning as there wasn’t a bad seat in the house. Ships aplenty, ships galore. The size of those babies was jawdropping! There were 17 tall ships and 10 warships entering the New York harbor coming from far and wide, we’re talking world-wide all moving and grooving along the Hudson River. Until you see it you wouldn’t believe it. Once the parade is over the ships divided themselves among three docking stations in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Staten Island.
So why Fleet Week? For one our sea fairing servicemen can take a break and tour the city. The public also has the chance to learn first-hand how military funds are used to equip these vessels and how our courageous servicemen operate them. One would be amazed by these outstanding floating cities and the capabilities they offer.
Things to do during Fleet Week include:
- Parade of ships
- Stepping onto the ships for a tour
- Air demonstrations
- Community/Park events
- Navy/Marine bands playing in Times Square
- Marine Corps Day in Battery Park
- A view of our men and women in white
Fleet week hasn’t been around as long as I thought. New York’s celebration of the naval services began in 1984. Other cities that host Fleet week are San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, New Orleans and Charleston, S.C.
Number of Ships
|San Francisco||1908, 1st unofficial Fleet Week||16 Battleships; 14,000 Sailors|
|San Diego||1935, 1st official Fleet Week||114 warships, 48 battleships and 400 airplanes|
My dad was a career Army man so besides being an American, I have a strong allegiance to those who serve our country. I must also say I love a man in a uniform. We’re talking Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen. Even if the military isn’t your thing, seeing these enormous beauties floating along is truly remarkable. For those interested in which ships invaded NYC this year check out the link to below.
A Few Terms I Learned
Flotilla: A fleet of ships
Berth: A ship’s allotted place at a wharf or dock.