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GALLERY: San Francisco Fleet week

Photographs supplied by Benson Lee

The annual Fleet Week in San Francisco in early October 2022 is the highlight of the maritime calendar in Northern California, and consists of the largest parade of ships on the West Coast. The Fleet enters the Bay under the Golden Gate Bridge and the ships steam towards port. A variety of vantage points, such as Crissy Field and Marina Green on the north shore, offer fine views of the parade, as is evident from the photographs supplied by Benson Lee.

The Independence class littoral combat ship USS Kansas City (LCS-22) was built by Austal USA and commissioned on 20 June 2020, being assigned to Littoral Combat Ship Squadron One. She is homeported in San Diego.

The landing ship Harpers Ferry (LSD-49), homeported at San Diego, was built at Avondale Shipyard, New Orleans and commissioned in January 1995. She wil be placed Out of Commission and in Reserve in 2024.

The Ticonderoga class guided missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG-59) was built by Ingalls Shipbuilding and commissioned on 11 February 1989. Homeported at San Diego, she was severely damaged by a mine in February 1991 during Operation Desert Storm.

The Arleigh Burke class destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62). She is named after United States Navy officer Lieutenant William Charles Fitzgerald and was built by Bath Iron Works, being commissioned on 14 October 1985. She was badly damaged in June 2017 when she collided with the Philippine-flagged container ship ACX Crystal 56 miles south-west of Yokosuka, Japan.

The Coast Guard Cutter Terrell Horne (1131) is the third of four Fast Response Cutters to be homeported at Coast Guard Base Los Angeles-Long Beach. She was commissioned in March 2019, has a crew of 24 and a range of 2,500 miles and is equipped for patrols lasting up to five days.

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