Thousands of tons of American steel sailed along the Hudson River on Wednesday as the 31st annual Fleet Week kicked off on the city's waterways.
The Parade of Ships began around 7 a.m. with Navy vessels passing under the Verrazano Bridge to make their way into New York Harbor and up the Hudson as far north as the George Washington Bridge.
They were greeted by the Salute to Ships, a ceremonial 11-gun salute (no live ammo was used) and a flyover by a Coast Guard search-and-rescue plane.
Nearly 3,000 members of the Navy, Marines and Coast Guard are expected in the city as part of the week-long affair, which ends May 28.
They came in cutters, destroyers and patrol boats -- from the Lawrence O. Lawson sentinel class Coast Guard cutter from Cape May to the USS Milwaukee, a combat ship from Mayport, Fla. Among them too was the USS New York, an amphibious transport rendered with 7.5 tons of steel recovered from the wreckage of the Twin Towers.
Ships will be open for tours in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island for the next week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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