WATCH: 1010 WINS' Al Jones spends a very eventful day covering Fleet Week (that helmet!)

Al Jones
May 24, 2019 - 5:18 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — Fleet Week kicked off in New York Wednesday with the annual Parade of Ships taking over New York harbor.

And 1010 WINS' Al Jones was lucky enough to spend a day doing all things nautical -- and aerial -- including flying in a chopper. Watch the video above!


Fleet Week is in its 31st year and continues through May 28.

Among the ships are the USS New York, built with steel from the World Trade Center.

The USS New York is a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock and the fifth ship of the U.S. Navy to be named after the state of New York.

An amphibious transport dock is a warship that embarks, transports, and lands elements of a landing force.

Then Gov. George Pataki requested that Secretary of the Navy Gorden England name a surface warship involved in the war on terror "New York" shortly after 9/11.

While state names are typically reserved for submarines, Pataki asked for an exception, which was approved in 2002.

Other ships that sailed past Pier 86, home of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, are the USCGC Lawrence O. Lawson, HMCS Glace Bay, HMCS Oriole and four USNA YPs vessels.

For a comprehensive list of Fleet Week events,visit the official website.

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