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Five U.S. Navy ships, four U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) Yard Patrol boats (YPs), two U.S. Coast Guard cutters (USCGC), and one Royal Canadian Navy ship will be present for the opening ceremony on May 24.
Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), from Norfolk, Virginia, will be stealing the show, with several hundred Marines from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, embarked.
As flagship, Kearsarge is scheduled to render a 7-gun salute as the ship passes Fort Hamilton on Long Island. Fort Hamilton will conduct a 15-gun salute in return.
Other ships in the review will include Legend-class cutter USCGC Hamilton; Kingston-class coastal defence vessel HMCS Glace Bay; four USNA YPs, from Annapolis, Maryland; oceanographic research ship RV Neil Armstrong; Ticonderoga-class cruisers USS San Jacinto and USS Monterey (CG 61); Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Lassen; Keeper-class cutter USCGC Katherine Walker; Cyclone-class patrol coastal ship USS Zephyr and Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport USNS Yuma.
The ships can be seen along the Hudson River from Battery Park to just south of the George Washington Bridge.
In addition to the Freedom of Entry, the officers and sailors took part in traditional Anzac Day dawn service and march and a range of community activities.
Commanding officer Newcastle Commander Mark Sirois said the ship’s company were delighted and honoured by the warm welcome received from the community.
The company will provide its CMS 330 system which will now be featured on four different warship classes – New Zealand Navy Anzac-class frigates, and Canadian Navy AOPS and Halifax-class ships.
Lockheed Martin was selected as prime contractor following a tender that saw four competitors shortlisted.
The frigate ran aground on the morning of April 17 while departing the port of Piraeus, Greece.
FGS Brandenburg collided with a jetty and damaged her rudder and both propellers and was only partially operational.