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The amphibious assault ship Wasp sails past the Statue of Liberty during a parade of ships during Fleet Week 2007 May 24.

Photo by Robert Benwitt

20th annual Fleet Week begins in New York

24 May 2007 | Sgt. Beth Zimmerman

The Big Apple's 20th annual Fleet Week kicked off with a parade of ships through the Hudson Bay to the west side of Manhattan on Wednesday.

Fleet Week is a week-long celebration of the U.S. sea services. Thousands of Marines, sailors and coastguardsmen participate each year.

Leathernecks from the Camp Lejeune, N.C.-based 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit sailed with the amphibious assault ship Wasp for events scheduled across the five boroughs t hrough May 30, when the ships are scheduled to depart.

For more information on Fleet Week events, visit the New York City Marines Web site at
Headquarters Marine Corps