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Navy’s annual Fleet Week New York is going virtual again in 2021

At Military Island in front of the Recruiting Station in Times Square, as part of Virtual Fleet Week New York, 12 future Sailors from the Bronx, Brooklyn and central/northern New Jersey recited the Oath of Enlistment, May 22, 2020. Fleet Week will again be a virtual event in 2021, the Navy has announced.

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By RON ZEITLINGER | nj.com | Published: February 8, 2021

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EDISON, N.J. (Tribune News Service) — For the second straight year, the coronavirus pandemic has turned Fleet Week New York into a virtual event.

The Navy announced Monday the cancellation of in-person events associated with annual Navy-sponsored event that is scheduled May 26-31. Instead the Navy will host events on social media, officials said.

Videos posted on social media as part of Virtual Fleet Week New York 2020 were viewed by more than 170,000 people, allowing the U.S. Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps to show off their capabilities. That’s 66,000 more than the 103,000 who took tours of ships moored throughout the city or saw aircraft displays at various parks and schools in 2019.

“The Navy is committed to doing everything it can to defeat the coronavirus,” Rear Adm. Charles W. Rock, Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic, said in a statement. “Keeping our Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen at home is the best way to ensure we protect the health and safety of New York and our force so we can return to normal as soon as possible.”

Virtual Fleet Week New York content posted across all platforms, including photos, graphics, videos, Instagram stories and text, reached more than 2 million people in 2020, officials said.

“We’re excited to once again connect with people online in New York and around the world,” Rock said. “No matter where you are, people will be able to find us on social media and watch whenever it is convenient for them.”

This year’s schedule of events is still under development, but will be posted on Fleet Week New York’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts.

For up-to-date information on all FWNY events, “Like” FleetWeekNewYork on Facebook, and “Follow” @FleetWeekNYC on Twitter and Instagram.

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