Navy cancels Seafair Fleet Week ship visits

Navy cancels Seafair Fleet Week ship visits

Credit: KING 5 News

The USS New Orleans tied up at Pier 90 on Seattle's Elliott Bay.

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on April 9, 2013 at 5:50 PM

The Navy has announced the cancellation of ship visits during Seattle Seafair Fleet Week. 

Ship visits are also canceled for Portland's Rose Festival.

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."

The Navy said they intend to continue Fleet Weeks in the future as the budget situation permits.

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