Fleet Week in NYC brings thousands of US Navy and Marine personnel to New York, allowing civilians like me, who are far removed from the dangers our servicemen and women, to tour their ships and thank them for their service. The USS Wasp, an amphibious assault ship was docked at Pier 90, along with the USS Roosevelt, a guided missile destroyer, where there was an extensive guided tour throughout the ship.
Aboard the USS Wasp, Craftmaster Andy Sutter explained the operation of the Navy’s LCAC Hovercraft, an amphibious assault landing craft, which can carry some 75 tons of military equipment to shore. It’s an elite crew of professionals that operate these craft and we should honor and celebrate his and all our servicemen and women’s service for our country.
Craftmaster Andy Sutter,
USS Wasp on a Navy LCAC hovercraft
In honor of Memorial Day, I visited the amphibious assault vessel, USS Iwo Jima, docked for Fleet Week at Pier 88 on Manhattan’s West Side, in the Hudson River. Thanks to all the men & women in the Navy and Marines who posed for shots for me. They do an incredible job, more than we can possibly thank them for.
While photographing on the Iwo Jima, I met up with one of NYFD’s Bravest, Firefighter Robert Domingo, taking shots of some of the Fleet Week festivities. He was one of our NYC heros working on the cleanup of the pile at Ground Zero after 9-11. Today he’s part of the FDNY’s Public Information Division as part of the Photo Unit. Great to speak with you on the Iwo Jima. Hope you like the photo:
Last stop today was on Fifth Ave. & 29th St. at the Marble Collegiate Church. Thousands of ribbons line the front of the church, with the names of the fallen from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Truly a moving moment.
- Ribbons Commemorating the Fallen in the Iraq & Afghanistan wars, Marble Collegiate Church, Manhattan