We Went Aboard USS Bataan During Fleet Week 2024 in NYC | Aviation

View of the USS Bataan from across the West Side Highway in Manhattan, NY. Large crowds waited on long lines to board ship during Fleet Week NYC 2024. (All images, credit: Author)

The USS Bataan recently sailed into New York City for Fleet Week 2024 festivities.  Let’s look back as well as preview what’s ahead, for this twenty-seven year old, US Navy Amphibious Assault Ship.

The first official Fleet Week in New York City took place in 1988. It is scheduled to generally coincide with the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Fleet Week provides a unique opportunity for the residents of the tri-state area, to meet and talk with Navy Sailors & Aviators, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen. In addition, Fleet Week presents to the public the rare occasion to board ships and view firsthand, the latest hardware associated with the various services.

Long gone are the days when New York City was host to United States aircraft carriers. A lot of this has to do with the fact that for all intents and purposes, New York City Harbor is a nuclear free zone. The last non-nuclear powered carrier, (the Kitty Hawk) decommissioned in 2009, leaving the entire current fleet of carriers, nuclear powered.  Therefore, we have not seen a US aircraft carrier participating in NYC Fleet Week, for many years. This scenario creates a perfect opportunity for the conventionally powered and equally…

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