San Francisco’s Fleet Week (SFFW) took place during October and attracted a good number of interesting military ships.

Those ships in attendance included the destroyer USS Michael Monsoor (DDG-1001); Rushmore (LSD-47); Germantown (LSD-42); John McCain (DDG-56); Shoup (DDG-86); the CG cutter Robert Ward (WPC-1130); and the Liberty ship Jeremiah O’Brien, which was on a bay cruise to watch the airshow.

The cruise ship Majestic Princess was also in the area, being the first cruise ship to visit San Francisco since the Covid pandemic stopped all visiting cruise ships.

As she left and passed under the GGB, her horn sounded to the tune ‘I left my heart in San Francisco’.

San Francisco Fleet Week event started  in 1981 when then-Mayor Dianne Feinstein led the nation in celebrating America’s sea services.

Taking place every October on the Marina Green over Italian Heritage Weekend, SFFW’s air show, the parade of ships and many community events have become a significant and integral part of the city’s local culture and economy.


The photos, by Benson Lee, show the ships departing San Francisco at the end of their visits and were taken from the Golden Gate Bridge.


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