The Fleet Arrives

Fleet week kicked off with a parade of ships entering the bay and sailing up the north river. The larger vessels, the USS Bataan and the HMS Protector, headed directly for their births at Pier 88 and Pier 90, but the shallower draft vessels proceeded up the north river towards the bridge before u-turning to their berths in Stapleton on Staten Island. See my article in the West Side Rag for more details:

Coast Guard Cutter Beluga made an early run up the river to check security
And Navy Blackhawks kept an eye on things from above
The USS Bataan arrived with Blackhawks above and three harbor tugs to assist with docking
Sailors, Marines and Osprey aircraft were visible on the flight deck
Newport based buoy tender Sycamore and the local Army Corps Hayward presented the colors
The British Navy’s Antarctic patrol ship Protector arrived
Coast Guard Cutter Dependable arrived from Virginia Beach and made a loop up the river
As did the Littoral Combat Ship USS Milwaukee
NYPD, USCG, and NJ State Police provided security
USS Bataan got refueled on arrival at Pier 88

The Bataan is the largest naval vessel to visit Pier 88 since the hospital ship USNS Comfort arrived at the height of the pandemic in April 2020.

The USNS Comfort arriving in April 2020

Of course, regular commercial life went on as usual on the river. The Jennifer Turecamo remained anchored off Riverside Park and would have had a great view of the arriving ships. Sand headed north and sludge and empty tanker barges headed south.

One response to “The Fleet Arrives”

  1. […] than when it arrived. The HMS Protector remains tied up at Pier 90 as of Tuesday afternoon. (See The Fleet Arrives for more on Fleet […]


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