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Fleet Week

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Since the very beginning of the Rose Festival back in 1907, visiting ships and other fleet-related elements (like submarines) have been making their way to Portland’s waterfront. The City of Portland is known to be a favorite port of call for military (and non-military) visitors — and citizens enjoy making these visitors welcome! One of the purposes of Fleet Week has always been to celebrate and thank the active and reserve military personnel and all veterans.

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The Portland Rose Festival is extremely fortunate to be one of a few U.S. Ports of Call for a courtesy visit from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, and Royal Canadian Navy. Their arrival commemorates a relationship with the Navy that has lasted more than 100 years, and over 80 years of visiting Portland during the Rose Festival. It is a significant commitment by the Navy to make the Rose Festival Fleet Week one of the premier Fleet Week events in the country.

2015 Visiting Ships

The Portland Rose Festival is excited to welcome the following ships for Fleet Week:

US Navy
USS Chosin (CG 65)
USS Cape St. George (CG 71)
USS Champion (MCM 4)

US Coast Guard
USCGC Waesche (WMSL 751)
USCGC Wahoo (87345)
USCGC Bluebell (WLI 313)

Royal Canadian Navy
HMCS Calgary (FFH 335)
HMCS Whitehorse (MM705)
HMCS Saskatoon (MM 709)
HMCS Oriole (KC 480)

Historic Ships
Gamewardens Vietnam era Patrol Boat
WWII PT 658

Ship Tours

Admission is FREE
Public tours will be on a first-come basis, usually during these hours:
9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Note: Ships set their own schedules, so some may not offer tours during these times.

Visitors may be subject to personal search and no bags, strollers or wheelchairs will be allowed onboard. There will not be any ‘holding area’ for personal items and visitors must be able to maneuver on board the ships, including climbing narrow ladders.

UP RIVER CRUISES

Each year, in connection with the Portland Rose Festival, the city invites Navy and Coast Guard ships from the United States and Canada to visit. You can ride aboard these ships once they leave the Pacific Ocean at Astoria and head up the Columbia River and into the Willamette. Applications have concluded for this year, please check back in spring 2016 for new dates.

Please note: While on board any Canadian ship, you are subject to Canadian laws (and outside United States jurisdiction).