Navy cancels port calls for Fleet Week ships

Navy cancels port calls for Fleet Week ships

[trib_ndn vid=24750270]SAN DIEGO – Due to the automatic cuts mandated by the sequestration budget deal, the Navy has cancelled plans to send ships to community events in Los Angeles, Portland, Ore., and Seattle.

la–me–navy–destroyerFor the same reason, the Navy will not reposition any ships from San Diego bases to be part of San Diego Fleet Week.

“We are prioritizing funding for operations, training and maintenance,” said a spokesman for the San Diego-based 3rd Fleet. “As a result of that, we have canceled ship visits to Portland Rose Festival, Seattle SeaFair, and Los Angeles Navy Days.”

Last August, the Navy destroyer Wayne E. Meyer came to the Los Angeles port in San Pedro for a variety of events. The public was invited to visit the ship, and sailors were feted at the Redondo Elks Club, visited the Ronald Reagan Library and attended an Angels game.

The visit cost $259,957, including $128,260…

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