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Out to sea for Seafair | SLIDESHOW
Review staffer Luciano Marano shoved off onboard the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) to cover the Seafair Parade of Ships Wednesday, July 30. The annual military display cruised through Puget Sound, passing by the downtown Seattle waterfront and Bainbridge Island.
Seafair Fleet Week and the Boeing Maritime Celebration has been a tradition in Seattle since 1950 with multiple ships annually coming into the Port of Seattle to celebrate this region’s premier summertime Festival. In partnership with Navy League Seattle Council and Port of Seattle, Seafair Fleet Week honors the men and women of the military who proudly and courageously serve our country.
This year, vessels from the United States Navy Third Fleet, U.S. Coast Guard and the Canadian Maritime Forces came to town for a five-day port visit to the Emerald City.
The Essex, which is actually based in San Diego, California, is one of eight ships in the WASP class designation. It was commissioned in 1992 and boasts a crew of approximately 1,100 sailors. The ship is 844 feet long and 106 feet wide and can cruise in excess of 20 knots.
See all of Marano's favorite seaworthy shots here.