All aboard: Fleet Week returns to Los Angeles

Petty Officer 2nd Class La’Tansia Smith, an operational specialist on the USS  Essex, holds a flag before morning colors.
Petty Officer 2nd Class La’Tansia Smith, an operational specialist on the amphibious assault ship USS Essex, holds a flag before morning colors. The ship, which recently completed a seven-month deployment to the Persian Gulf, is docked in San Pedro for the return of Los Angeles Fleet Week, which had been canceled the last two years because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Smith, 30, has three children and is based in San Diego.
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The Port of Los Angeles Waterfront will be celebrating Memorial Day by hosting Fleet Week.

The free celebration will last all weekend with live entertainment, aircraft flyovers, and tours of active duty ships.

The celebration was moved from Labor Day weekend to Memorial Day weekend last year to line up with New York’s Fleet Week.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Joshua Gibson aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Essex
Petty Officer 3rd Class Joshua Gibson of Lynwood, an air traffic controller on the USS Essex, stands at attention during morning formation Thursday. Gibson has been in the Navy for three years.
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Petty Officer 3rd Class Takelia Latore of Bridgeport, Conn., at the helm of the amphibious assault ship USS Essex
Petty Officer 3rd Class Takelia Latore of Bridgeport, Conn., at the helm of the USS Essex. Latore has been in the Navy for two years.
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Sailors salute the colors
Petty Officer 2nd Class Gustavo Gonzalez of Chicago and Petty Officer 3rd Class Taylor Godsill of Sacramento salute the colors aboard the USS Essex on Thursday. The flag was at half-staff in honor of those killed in the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.
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Lt. Cmdr. Caroline Stanton takes over command on the Essex.
Lt. Cmdr. Caroline Stanton of Dowagiac, Mich., right, standing on deck with other officers and crew, takes over command of the USS Essex on Thursday.
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Petty Officer 2nd Class Adrien Michaud, center, salutes as other sailors leave the USS Essex for Fleet Week
Petty Officer 2nd Class Adrien Michaud, center, salutes as other sailors leave the USS Essex for Los Angeles Fleet Week.
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Los Angeles Fleet Week celebrations return to the Port of Los Angeles through Memorial Day Weekend.
After missing the previous two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Los Angeles Fleet Week celebrations return to the Port of Los Angeles through Memorial Day weekend.
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Members of the 1st Marine Division Band will be performing around Los Angeles this weekend
Members of the 1st Marine Division Band will perform around Los Angeles this weekend as part of Fleet Week. Sgt. Christian Rosario, center, has served in the Marines for six years.
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On board the amphibious assault ship USS Essex, Petty Officer 3rd class Isaac Schweitzer shines the ship's bell
On board the USS Essex, Petty Officer 3rd Class Isaac Schweitzer shines the ship’s bell, as part of preparation for visitors.
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