TUESDAY PRESS CONFERENCE WILL COVER THAT DAY’S “DEFENSE SUPPORT OF CIVIL AUTHORITIES” (DSCA) DISASTER RESPONSE-PLANNING EXERCISE
WHAT: LA Fleet Week® returns to the Port of Los Angeles with a variety of events/activities leading up to tours of two active Navy vessels Friday-Monday, this Memorial Day holiday weekend. USS Portland (LPD-27) will arrive and go to berth in the outer harbor Monday morning at approx. 10 a.m.. USS Essex (LHD-2) will arrive and go to berth in the outer harbor (Berth 46) Tuesday morning at approx. 8 a.m. Both ships will be escorted in by LAFD’s fireboat. More than 2,000 service members from the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Army will participate in LA Fleet Week.
NOTE: Due to security precautions, the Navy ship berth area in the outer harbor will be closed until later in the week, but alternative viewing sites are available.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti will officially kick off LA Fleet Week® 2022 with a press conference at the Cabrillo Beach Boat Launch parking lot at 2 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. The media event will feature city and military officials, static displays of equipment, and technical experts to interview about the exercise and LA Fleet Week.
Also on Tuesday, more than a dozen U.S. military, state and local government agencies will hold a multi-agency “Sea-to-Surface” logistics transfer exercise in the outer harbor as part of Fleet Week’s annual “Defense Support of Civil Authorities” (DSCA) program between Navy, Marines and firstresponder local, county and state agencies.
NOTE: For public and media safety during these exercise activities, the boat launch ramp parking lot at Cabrillo beach will be closed Monday through 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday. At that time, credentialed media will be escorted in.
MONDAY, MAY 23, 2022
• ~10 a.m. Arrival of USS Portland into Port of Los Angeles. Click here for viewing areas.
TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2022
• ~8 a.m. arrival of USS Essex into Port of Los Angeles. Click here for viewing areas.
• ~9 a.m. Military landing craft drill 1
o See B-roll filming opportunity from Cabrillo Beach
• 1:30 – 3 p.m. – Media access to DSCA activity area – Cabrillo Beach Boat Launch Ramp
Parking Lot, San Pedro. Credentialed media only
• 2:20 – 3 p.m. – Military landing craft drill 2 arrival in Cabrillo Beach Boat Launch Ramp
o Filming and interview opportunities.
o Credentialed press only.
WHERE: Footage of both ship arrivals can be taken from the Port’s Main Channel look-out platform east of Warehouse One, Cabrillo Beach and Cabrillo Pier. Footage of USS Essex at berth and DSCA exercise activity is best taken at Cabrillo Beach and Cabrillo Beach Pier.
• Ken Hagihara, LA Fleet Week Foundation, email@example.com
• Arley Baker, Port of Los Angeles Communications, firstname.lastname@example.org
• Brian O’Rourke, U.S. Navy Public Relations, email@example.com
About LA Fleet Week®
LA Fleet Week is a multi-day celebration of our nation’s Sea Services that takes place annually on the LA Waterfront at the Port of Los Angeles. First held in 2016, the event has become a Southern California tradition attracting tens of thousands of visitors each year. Returning from a 32-month pause due to COVID-19, LA Fleet week is now among only a handful of Navy Fleet Weeks in major U.S. coastal cities. LA Fleet Week’s move this year from Labor Day weekend to Memorial Day weekend makes it concurrent with New York Fleet Week.
LA Fleet Week is made possible due to the generosity and commitment by planning affiliates and sponsors including the Port of Los Angeles, LA Fleet Week Foundation, City of Los Angeles, Battleship IOWA Museum, Bob Hope USO, Marathon Petroleum, Princess Cruises, FOX Entertainment, Amazon Studios The Terminal List, Discover San Pedro, San Pedro Chamber of Commerce, Wells Fargo, Snapdragon, Dave & Buster’s, City of Los Angeles EMD, FOX Sports, and several additional sponsors and donors that can be seen at https://www.lafleetweek.com.
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