From today through next Monday, Baltimore will play host to schooners and warships on water and fighter jets overhead for Maryland’s inaugural Fleet Week and Air Show.
The sleek, but impossible-to-miss USS Zumwalt is perhaps the biggest attraction in the harbor this week. It was set to arrive today, but has actually already been sitting docked since Friday, the Sun reports. The Zumwalt is the U.S. Navy’s newest and most technologically advanced guided-missile destroyer ship. It’s built and ready for action, and will be officially commissioned here in Baltimore into the U.S. Naval fleet on Saturday, Oct. 15.
Today, visitors can check out historic-looking schooners docked in Canton. The array of sailing boats there will be competing against one another beginning Wednesday night, when they set sail for the 27th annual Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race that ends in Portsmouth, Va. Before they depart, those ships are scheduled to fire a cannon salute at Fort McHenry on Tuesday.
The more powerful vessels arrive on Wednesday. U.S. and Canadian Navy ships will dock in Fells Points, Locust Point and the Inner Harbor. Those who want to check them out up-close can venture aboard for tours from Thursday through Sunday.
Beyond boats, visitors are flocking to Baltimore in anticipation of the Blue Angels’ arrival. The famed Navy flight demonstration squad will be conducting rehearsal maneuvers over the harbor starting on the 13th, but their real airshows will take place on Saturday and Sunday.
Here’s a clip for those seeking a glimpse the aviators’ impressive aerial tactics before next weekend.
The Blue Angels will have company in Baltimore’s airspace this week. The Baltimore Police Department announced on Friday that it will be flying its controversial aerial surveillance plane over the city to boost security this week, Technical.ly Baltimore reports.
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