SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – There was a time when Fleet Week was one of the Bay Area’s biggest and most popular annual events. That’s changed in recent years, and organizers are determined to restore Fleet Week to its former glory this year, with a renewed emphasis on emergency preparedness.

Twenty years ago, when the Bay Area still had Navy bases, Fleet Week was considered one of the highlights of the fall calendar. Retired Marine Corps Major General Mike Myatt understands why the excitement has faded.

“San Francisco used to be the most protected city in the United States,” he explained. “We had 12 military bases. They’re all closed.”

Now, he’s chairman of Fleet Week.

“The guidance to me was bring the fleet back to Fleet Week, and make it more than just an air show,” said Myatt.

From October 7 through October 12, there will more ships than ever before, more events, and more sailors and Marines coming ashore.

“They’re serving repeat deployments in our wars. They are fighting against these terrorists, and it’s a chance for us to say thank you for your service,” Myatt said.

The Blue Angels are a crowd favorite, and the annual air show will take place again this year.

This year’s event will also focus on helping the Bay Area get ready for the next big earthquake, fire, or other disaster.

“Please be prepared and have personal preparedness so that you will not be a victim, and you will be able to assist in the recovery,” offered Vicki Hennessy, head of San Francisco’s Department of Emergency Management.

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Comments (17)
  1. john says:

    The more fleet weeks the more chances you get of a jet crashing into your apartment. Seems kind of dangerous to me. Didn’t you ever see Top Gun? Those guys are animals.

    1. tbonieis says:

      To all fleet week Navy Pilots really get laid before a show like Maverick and Goose did in Top Gun?

    2. Karen says:

      Don’t believe everything you see on TV. That was a MOVIE. Military are trained to not crash into buildings. They aren’t 1st-timers. Seriously, go back to school and get an education.

    3. John says:

      your retarted dont go if your a chicken be a man

  2. mike says:

    Yeah, because Top Gun is my guide to what the military is all about.

  3. sf progressive says:

    Keep these losers away from my city. If you had any brains you wouldn’t be in the military. It’s a repository of the dimmest and most violent dregs of society, draining our nations wealth in the name of security which they fail to provide.

  4. Will says:

    I love how the military haters suspend reality to make their points. “It’s a repository of the dimmest and most violent dregs of society…” Yeah, like people who know how to operate and maintain nuclear reactors, jet engines, giant gas turbine engines, advanced avionics systems, and computer systems far more advanced than anything you’ll get your hands on anytime in the near future. Sounds like a bunch of imbeciles to me. Then of course there‘s the humanitarian aide, like in the aftermath of the tsunami and Haitian earthquake. I suppose the violent warmongers did that begrudgingly. The Bay Area has a very long and proud military history. You’d know that if you hadn’t moved here, which makes the “my city” comment even more of a joke.

    1. sf progressive says:

      There is no such thing as a proud military history. There is only death and destructions and the waste of trillions of dollars that could go toward something really great like and educated, healthy productive citizenry. I’m sure you’re really proud of all those white headstones that represent the saps that buy into your fantasy.

      1. Fred says:

        Where do you think you would be if we didn’t have a strong Military??? I am sure not free to make all your stupid comments and protest against the freedom you take for granted. I can’t believe I seved our country for 22 years for CLOWNS like you. All you want to do is bash the Men and Women who protect you and what you think is right. People like you don’t have the guts to serve 1 day to protect what we all know is the best country in the world. If you don’t like here, why don’t you just move?

      2. Greg says:

        I can assure you that if it were not for all those white headstones than you would not have the freedoms that you do today, especially the one of running your mouth and disrespecting our Nations Heritage and History against suppressors which you apparently have no understanding.

  5. Will says:

    There’s only death and destruction? Then how do you explain the fact that numerous technological advances that make our lives better and safer came from the military (and the dimwits within it)? It would also be useful to consider that a strong military, along with the willingness to use it, has a deterrent value that generally makes things safer. Conversely, a weak military and/or no resolve results in problems. If you don’t believe me, try reading about the precursors to World War II. If the allied nations such as the U.S., Britain, and France had actually enforced the arms limitations that came about after World War I, or themselves had built up their strength in the same manner as Germany and Japan, then history would probably be quite different. Also, have you ever thought about why the largest arms race in history, the Cold War, never erupted into a major conflict? Read about the concept of mutually assured destruction. Try educating yourself on some history.

  6. Matt says:

    Sf progressive, just delete your life.

  7. Rita Kehoe says:

    Way to go WILL !!!!!!! Keep up the Great Work I’m proud of you. Millie

  8. Phelps Hobart, President, Pacific Merchant Marine Council, NLUS says:

    San Francisco Fleetweek honors the dedication to duty and sacrifices of the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces! Without them and their veteran predecessors, there is a good chance posts brilliant and in some cases really dumb and stupid wouldn’t be protected under our Constitution’s 1st Amendment. Count your blessings gents.

    A major player in their support is the Navy League of the United States, Around the Bay are numerous councils and their members lending their support for this major event – ship greeters, event coordination, a Sunday BBQ for all the Sailors and Marines. For more on San Francisco Fleetweek see For inquiry into the Navy League or joining contact me, Phelps Hobart, PMMC at cwo dot com.

    Anchors Aweigh for the ships

    Up, Up, and Away for the aircraft

  9. Ray says:

    The U.S. Military deserves our utmost respect and our most sincere gratitude. How dare anyone says or thinks that they deserve any less. It is a damned shame that some of my fellow San Franciscans… and even some of my fellow Californians, are incapable of walking in the shoes of a member of our armed forces. Not only do these men and women protect us and die for us, but now we look to them to -help- revitalize our City’s economy. And we can’t even say ‘Thank You’ without giving attitude? How disgusting, uncivilized, uneducated, and outright inhuman.

  10. William says:

    nice event, i like blue angels, congratulations to San Francisco City for greating event.