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2018 Portland Rose Festival Fleet Week

Information from the U.S. Navy

Sailors assigned to the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) and mine countermeasures ship USS Scout (MCM 8) are scheduled to arrive in Portland Thursday, June 7 for the annual Rose Festival Fleet Week. The ships will cruise along the Willamette River and moor between the Steel and Burnside Bridges before 5:00 p.m.

Michael Murphy and Scout, along with three U.S. Coast Guard vessels and two ships from the Royal Canadian Navy, will be in the city through June 11 offering public tours and participating in the annual festivities. The Royal Canadian ships and U.S. Coast Guard vessels will be open for public tours June 8-10 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. U.S. Navy ships will be open for public tours June 8-10 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Waiting lines at entry points for public tours will close one hour prior to ship tour end times, so people are encouraged to arrive before 3:30 p.m. to ensure they are able to tour a ship.

The Portland visit offers the public an opportunity to take a tour of the ships and meet Sailors and Coast Guardsmen as they showcase the ships’ capabilities. It also gives the public a chance to gain a better understanding of how the sea services support the national defense of the United States and freedom of the seas.

As part of the week’s festivities, the U.S. Navy will also host an energy and environmental exhibit at Tom McCall Waterfront Park from June 8-10. The display will showcase the Navy’s wildlife conservation and marine mammal research efforts, and other programs that help protect the environment and optimize energy use as the Navy carries out its national security mission. Visitors can collect free posters, stickers, magnets, worksheets for kids, and other educational materials. Sea turtle Stewie, the Navy’s environmental mascot, will be onsite to entertain families and provide free “selfie” opportunities.

When arriving for public tours, all visitors will be required to present government-issued photo identification and pass through an airport-style security screening checkpoint prior to boarding the ships. All visitors are subject to search prior to entering the security zone. Visitors are encouraged to bring as few items as possible when arriving for their tour, and are recommended to wear flat-heeled, closed-toe shoes. No open-toe shoes will be permitted.

Prohibited items on board include the following:

  • Weapons, including knives, firearms and club weapons
  • Defensive chemicals or sprays, including mace and pepper spray; spray cans of any type
  • Fireworks, flammable liquids or other explosives
  • Illegal drugs and/or drug-related paraphernalia
  • Large bags, including backpacks, diaper bags and large camera bags (small camera bags and small handbags may be permitted, but will be subject to search)
  • Strollers

Media Opportunities

Please contact the Rose Festival office for information on how to reach the US Navy about interviews. PLEASE NOTE: This is for MEDIA ONLY, thank you.

Please note, the ship docking process takes up to an hour after arrival.

All visitors and media require escort within the security perimeter at the pier and on board the ships at all times. Access to U.S. Navy ships must be arranged with Navy Public Affairs prior to arriving at the security checkpoint. Media should be prepared to present two forms of identification: one from their affiliation and one government-issued photo identification.

And a reminder: All boats on the Willamette River will be escorted past the fleet. The Willamette security zone has been extended this year from the Steel Bridge to the Hawthorne Bridge.