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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 Canadian Maritime Forces. 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.

2014 Rose Festival Fleet

United States Navy

USS Lake Champlain
USS Spruance

Royal Canadian Navy

HMCS Oriole

United States Coast Guard

USCGC Cuttyhunk – Port Angeles, WA
USCGC Alert – Astoria, OR

Historic Ships

Sternwheeler Portland
PT 658 – World War II
Game Warden – Patrol Boat River (PBR) – Vietnam era

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.

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