U.S. Naval ships open for public tours during Fleet Week in NYC

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The general public ship tours will be conducted daily in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island from Thursday to next Monday.

NEW YORK, May 24 (Xinhua) -- Starting from Thursday, general public in New York city will be able to take free tours to some of the U.S. Navy ships and Coast Guard cutters, as the city's annual Fleet Week takes place.

Apart from the ship tours, the U.S. sea services will also host a variety of aviation static displays throughout the week, and Navy Band Northeast, U.S. Coast Guard Silent Drill Team and the Marine Corps Battle Color Detachment will stage performances at various locations.

A visitor tries a bomb suit during a ship tour aboard USS Arlington, in New York, the United States, May 24, 2018. Starting from Thursday, general public in New York city will be able to take free tours to some of the U.S. Navy ships, as the city's annual Fleet Week takes place. (Xinhua/Zhang Mocheng)

Participating ships include San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington, Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Mitscher and many more. Visitors will have a chance to take photos with helicopters and Marine Corps vehicles and watch equipment demonstrations.

This year's Fleet Week started on Wednesday, and will end next Tuesday. More than 2,000 sailors, marines and coast guardsmen are expected to participate in the events.

Now in its 80th year, Fleet Week New York is the city's time-honored celebration of the sea service. It is an opportunity for residents of New York and the surrounding tri-state area to meet sailors, marines and coast guardsmen as well as witness firsthand the latest capabilities of U.S. maritime service.