Navy Fleet Week victim to federal budget cuts

Navy cancels bringing ships to SD for Fleet Week

SAN DIEGO - Federal budget cuts brought on by political disagreements in Washington will force the Navy to cancel bringing ships home to San Diego for the annual Fleet Week, it was reported Sunday.

The Los Angeles Times reported that the annual event will not have home-ported ships move there.

Navy Days in Los Angeles, the Portland Rose Festival and the Seattle SeaFair are also on the chopping block for port calls, the Navy announced.

The 3rd Fleet, headquartered in San Diego, blamed sequestration and budget cuts.

It cost $259,957 to move the USS Wayne E. Meyer to San Pedro last year, including $128,260 in fuel costs, according to Navy estimates quoted by The Times.

Sending three warships to Seattle and Portland last summer cost the federal treasury more than $1.1 million.

San Francisco's Fleet Week is in the next fiscal year and may get bypassed by the Navy as well.

The Navy has already cut the Blue Angels flight team from air shows at Ventura, San Diego and San Francisco.

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