Fleet Week ships ring in last week of Rose Festival

Fleet Week ships ring in last week of Rose Festival

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by Michael Rollins, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on May 30, 2014 at 11:09 AM

Updated Thursday, Jun 5 at 6:16 PM

PORTLAND -- The U.S. Navy and Coast Guard and the Royal Canadian Navy are back for Fleet Week as part of Rose Festival.

The Coast Guard came in Wednesday around 4 p.m. followed by the U.S. Navy Thursday around 4 p.m. The RCN brought its sail training vessel HCMS Oriole into the Portland waterfront at 4 p.m. Tuesday. 

The Broadway, Steel and Burnside bridges were lifted as the ships come in to downtown Portland.

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The ships will all depart on June 9. 

The Navy brought the guided missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain and the guided missile destroyer USS Spruance. The Coast Guard presence includes the cutters Alert from Astoria and the Cuttyhunk from Port Angeles, Wash.

Public tours will be from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily on a first-come, first-served basis. Visitors may be searched. No bags, strollers or wheelchairs are allowed, and none can be stored on-board.

The federal government's spending shutdown last year halted U.S. ship visits, along with the Navy's Blue Angels, as Congress squabbled with the Obama administration over the budget.

More: Navy cancels Rose Fest Fleet Week visits

More: Coast Guard cancels Fleet Week cutter visits

For decades, Fleet Week had been an annual showcase of vessels as they navigated up the Willamette River to downtown Portland. The ships dock at Portland's sea wall and are a magnet for Rose Festival visitors.

Now the ships are back.

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