Go and go early. This is an opportunity that you don’t want to miss!
Be sure to check the schedule of events, there is a lot to do, and touring the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima for free was right at the top of my list.
Here, from Wikipedia, are a couple of photos of the ship; the first, out at sea in the fog
and the second, coming into New York City via the Hudson River for a past Fleet Week
It is docked now through Tuesday, 5/31/11 at Pier 88 next to The Intrepid, on the Hudson River. The tour of Iwo is free, but it does get crowded and the wait can get rather long (I waited for 2 hours, starting at 10:00 – we heard there were Senior Dignitaries on board, so we were delayed) – but it was well worth it!
Here are some photos that I took during my tour. It was hard to believe it was real, and not a movie set!
This was an AWESOME tour! The crew were all very proud, polite and eager to answer questions.
By the way, in case you didn’t know or forgot, The Battle of Iwo Jima was in WWII – this image of the commemorative stamp (again, thank you Wikipedia) will remind you:
Take advantage of the wonderful opportunities here in New York City this Fleet Week, and shake hands with some of of these men and women for their service.