The Seattle Council welcomed Sailors, Marines and members of the Coast Guard from the United
States and Canada to the Emerald City for the Seattle
Seafair Fleet Week Aug. 2-7. The council hosted a number of events around the city, and had oversight responsibility for pier-side activities and several community
“Seafair Fleet Week has been a tradition in Seattle
since 1950, with multiple ships annually coming into
the Port of Seattle to celebrate this region’s premier
summertime festival. In partnership with Navy League
Seattle Council and Port of Seattle, Seafair Fleet Week
honors the men and women of the military who proudly and courageously serve our country,” according to
the Seafair website.
The hard work coordinating and assisting at the
event kept council members very busy during the 67th
“Serving in the Puget Sound area, I’m looking forward to our visiting Sailors experiencing what we get
to experience year-round,” Capt. William Bulis, commander, Navy Region Northwest, said in a Navy News
Service report as the Seafair Fleet Week kicked off.
And that certainly seemed to be the case. Seattle Fleet
Week was chaired by Seattle Council National Directors
Thomas E. and Diane Jaffa and included the participation
of four ships, the U.S. Navy San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Somerset and Arleigh Burke-class
guided-missile destroyer USS Gridley, the U.S. Coast
Guard medium-endurance cutter Active and the Royal
Canadian Navy coastal defence vessel HMCS Saskatoon.
The ships took part in a parade of ships in the Port
of Seattle Aug. 2 and, while in port, hosted tours for
nearly 20,000 people, giving them the opportunity
to walk through passageways, climb ladders, tour the
different decks and get a taste of life at sea, according
to a report from Tom Jaffa, Navy League national vice
president, Organizational Development and Awards.
Along with engaging with Seafair attendees through
the ship tours, the American and Canadian service
members took part in a number of outreach events,
including environmental educational displays, hospital
visits and performances from Navy Band Northwest.
The U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue
Angels, performed during the Boeing Seafair Air Show
Aug. 6, and the U.S. Coast Guard presented a search-
and-rescue demonstration with its helicopter team and
rescue boat following the parade of ships.
Seattle Council events included a welcome dinner,
an Eagle and Anchors event prior to a Seattle Mariners’
baseball game at Safeco Field, the annual Sea Services
Awards Luncheon and ship embarks.
Fleet Week activities began for the council with the
volunteer training conducted by Tom Jaffa with support from the council-supported Blue Angels unit of
the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC) and its commanding officer, Lt. Cmdr. Andrew Munoz, NSCC. The
Sea Cadets handed out more than 8,000 Fleet Week
fliers and provided water to the attendees lined up to
tour the ships at Pier 66, Pier 69 and Pier 90 along the
Seattle waterfront, according to Jaffa.
Seattle Rolls Out the Red Carpet
During Seafair Fleet Week
By PETER ATKINSON, Deputy Editor
WWW.SEAPOWERMAGAZINE.ORG 54 SEAPOWER / OCTOBER 2016
The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue
Angels, fly in formation past the Space Needle during
Seattle’s 67th annual Seafair Fleet Week Aug. 4.