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See 6 U.S. Navy And Coast Guard Vessels At Port Everglades During Fleet Week; Sign Up For Public Ship Tours Starting April 1

Six new ships will be docked at Port Everglades this May, but they won't be cruise liners. 

Instead, U.S. Navy and Coast Guard vessels—along with hundreds of sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen—will arrive as part of 2016 Fleet Week. The affair, which takes place May 2 through May 9, offers the public access to free events and activities, including the chance to tour the six vessels.

"Fleet Week provides an opportunity for the citizens of South Florida to meet and thank these heroes while witnessing first-hand the latest capabilities of today's modern Navy and maritime services," said Mary Anne Gray, chair of nonprofit Broward Navy Days, in a press release.

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The visiting ships include an amphibious assault craft called the USS Bataan; two destroyers, the USS Cole and USS Farragut; two Coast Guard cutters, the USCGC Robert Yered and USCGC Dependable; and, perhaps most impressive of all, a nuclear submarine. 

Sign-ups for public ship tours begin Friday, April 1. Tour slots will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign-ups will close on April 18 (or once all tours are filled).

Some of the other events planned for the week include public concerts by Navy Band Southeast in Hollywood, Pompano Beach and Oakland Park; Red Cross blood drives held daily at Port Everglades; and fishing tournaments in Fort Lauderdale and Miami. 

To sign up for a tour or view the full schedule of events during Fleet Week Port Everglades, visit browardnavydaysinc.org

(Featured above is the USS Bataan. Photo courtesy Fleet Week Port Everglades)