NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The Navy on Friday announced Fleet Week New York was officially canceled due to the growing spread of coronavirus in the state.
“We did not come to this decision lightly, but feel it is necessary to cancel this year’s Fleet Week New York to help mitigate further spread of the virus,” said Rear Adm. Charles W. Rock, Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic in a release on Friday. “Fleet Week is a tremendous partnership between the people of New York City and our Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard team. We appreciate your understanding during these challenging circumstances.”
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The last time Fleet Week was canceled was in 2013, due to budget shortfalls stemming from sequestration.
There are no current plans to reschedule the event currently.
The Navy plans to refocus efforts to prepare the hospital ship, USNS Comfort, to deploy to New York City. The ship will be used to treat non-coronavirus patients.
The move is expected to free up thousands of hospital beds throughout the five boroughs.