Fort Hamilton Army Base Saulte to Ships


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Loud welcome: Soldiers at Fort Hamilton salute incoming ships with cannon fire.
Welcome to New York: The USS Stout passes beneath the Verrazanno-Narrows Bridge as it enters the New York Harbor.
With open arms: PS 264 welsomes sailors arriving for Fleet Week.
Military brass: Joseph Loposky leads Xaverian’s band in a rousing round of patriotic songs.

They welcomed the invasion.

Hundreds of people gathered at Fort Hamilton to hail sailors entering the New York Harbor during a pre-Fleet Week “Salute to Ships” on May 20.

A floatella of Naval and Coast Guard six ships — including a guided missile destroyer — sailed beneath the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and past the fort’s bluff in the so-called “unofficial kick-off to Fleet Week,” according to a memo from the base. And a Fire Department fire boat followed in tow, organizers said.

More than 1,400 students from local schools came to wish the ships a fond welcome, and the base bade the boats “hello” with an 11-gun salute from the fort’s storied shore line.

A magician also made an appearance to entertain the mobs of kids.

Reach reporter Max Jaeger at or by calling (718) 260–8303. Follow him on Twitter @JustTheMax.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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