Fleet Week kicks off in San Diego with public events

Posted at 10:47 AM, Oct 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-12 15:59:51-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - San Diego Fleet Week returns Oct. 13 - 15 with a lineup of events for the public that's sure to entertain.

Several new events open to the public have been added this year, as the event has gone through a complete "makeover," according to Fleet Week president Bryan Smylie.

"We have done a complete makeover of Fleet Week this year," Smylie said. "We have compressed the schedule, focused on honoring and thanking our Sailors, Marines, and Coast Guard personnel and their families, and are really engaging the San Diego Community."

Here's a look at the public events happening throughout the week:

USO Concert in the Park - Oct. 13, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

The USO Show Troupe will be performing songs from the 40s to today and country singer Tim Hurley will headline the concert into the evening. The San Diego Fleet Week Foundation will donate $1 from each ticket sold to the Las Vegas Shooting Victims Fund.

Fleet Week Sea & Air Parade - Oct. 14, 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.

The very best of the U.S. military will be on display, as cruisers, amphibious ships, destroyers, and more go on parade in San Diego Bay. Ship tours and military displays will also be open to the public.

MCRD Boot Camp Challenge - Oct. 14, 6:30 a.m.

Marine Corps Recruit Depot will host a 3-mile obstacle course run with more than 60 drill instructors providing motivation along the way.

Qualcomm Innovation Zone - Oct. 12 - 15, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

For three days the Port Pavilion building will be will host STEM_themed activities with a high-tech focus for the public to check out.

Ship Tours/Military Displays - Oct. 13 - 15, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Tours of U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships will be available starting Friday on a first come, first served basis.

For more information, visit Fleet Week's website.