SUNY Maritime hosts military vessel during Fleet Week

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

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SUNY Maritime hosts military vessel during Fleet Week

For the first time in its nearly 30-year history, Fleet Week New York is expanding into the Bronx. SUNY Maritime College will host a U.S. Navy Expeditionary Fast Transport vessel at its 600-foot Olivet Pier during Memorial Day weekend.

USNS Yuma will arrive on campus Wednesday, May 24, and leave Tuesday, May 30.

Yuma, christened in 2016, is a transport vessel. It can carry up to 600 tons of military cargo, has a flight deck for helicopter operations and a ramp for vehicles to load and unload quickly. Operated by Military Sealift Command, the ship is designed to support military operations, but not to be an active participant.

“SUNY Maritime is delighted to be the first and only location in the Bronx to participate in Fleet Week this year,” said Maj. Gen. Bob Wolf, associate director of veteran and military affairs. “One of the college’s main focal points is to educate merchant mariners, many of whom go on to work for Military Sealift Command. Hosting this ship on campus is particularly exciting for Maritime College.”

Fleet Week began in New York City in 1984 as a way to introduce the general public to the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. During Memorial Day weekend, dozens of vessels will sail into New York Harbor and be tied up at piers in all five boroughs.

SUNY Maritime College is at 6 Pennyfield Ave. in Throggs Neck.

 

Fleet Week contact:

LaShawn Sykes

Public Affairs Office, Military Sealift Command

Lashawn.sykes@navy.mil

(757) 675-1535

 

SUNY Maritime College contact:

Lori Shull

Director of Communications

lshull@sunymaritime.edu

(646) 771-8347