May 21: Sailors and Marines "Line the Rails" of the USS Kearsarge, a U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship, as it passes The Statue of Liberty, during entry into New York Harbor for Fleet Week. (Smadanek says "Oh, and what the hell is this "Line the Rails" crap?)
This pic and others are here, thanks Pinch.
NEW YORK - The annual U.S. Navy invasion known as Fleet Week opens here on Wednesday with a flotilla of five American warships and three Canadian entries to add an international flavor to the 21st annual observance. Some 3,000 sailors and Marines will disembark from the ships during the eight-day event that includes public tours and a variety of aerial and simulated combat technique demonstrations by Marine Corps units.
The opening procession will be led by the USS Kearsarge, a 40,500-ton amphibious assault ship that carries both helicopters and surface boats. Others are the guided missile cruisers USS Leyte Gulf and USS Monterey, and guided missile destroyers USS Nitze and USS The Sullivans. Two Canadian frigates, HMCS Toronto and HMCS St. Johns, and an oiler, HMCS Preserver, and the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Ida Lewis round out the lineup.