The Navy announced today the cancellation of ship visits during the annual Portland Rose Festival Fleet Week and Seattle Seafair Fleet Week. This step is in addition to the earlier announcement by the Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, to cancel their remaining 2013 performances, including events at Seattle Seafair Fleet Week and in Hillsboro, Ore.
Budget shortfalls due to sequestration are forcing the Navy and other military services to cut back on formal community outreach programs in 2013.
“We appreciate the community’s understanding during these uncertain budgetary times,” said Rear Adm. Mark Rich, Commander Navy Region Northwest. “We will continue to find ways to engage locally, in keeping with Department of Defense guidance. We are thankful for what Seattle, Portland, and our community partners do to support our service men and women every day and look forward to continuing to work with those partners now, and in the future.”
Cancelling domestic ship visits is one of many steps the Navy is taking to ensure resources are in place to prioritize and support forces operating forward now, those training to relieve them, and continuing maintenance of the Navy’s fleet and aircraft.
The Navy believes there is value in demonstrating the capabilities of our ships and aircraft, thus inspiring future generations of Sailors and Marines. The Navy intends to continue Fleet Weeks in the future as the budget situation permits.
Media seeking further information should contact Navy Region Northwest Public Affairs at 360-396-1630.