Port of Los Angeles Gears Up for Inaugural LA Fleet Week™ on the LA Waterfront

Labor Day Weekend Event Expected to Draw up to 300,000 Visitors;
Launch Website to Help Visitors Plan Ahead

SAN PEDRO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Organizers of this summer’s inaugural LA
Fleet Week 2016
are in full planning mode for the
week-long call of U.S. Navy ships on the LA
in the days leading up to and including Labor Day Weekend.

Friday, September 2, through Monday, September 5, big crowds are
expected to converge at the Port of Los Angeles World Cruise Center for
Naval vessel ship tours and a variety of exhibits and activities along
the main channel that will bring together the public and more than 1,500
military personnel descending on the nation’s largest trade gateway for
the end-of-summer celebration.

Fleet Week is a United
States Navy
, United
States Marine Corps
and United
States Coast Guard
tradition in New York, San Francisco and a number
of other port cities. In November 2015, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti,
U.S. Navy officials and the Port
of Los Angeles
announced that Los Angeles will be added to the U.S.
Navy’s official Fleet Week roster starting in 2016.

“LA Fleet Week at America’s Port® will be a great
annual tradition for Angelenos to visit the LA Waterfront, tour ships,
enjoy a variety of activities, and gain a deeper appreciation of our
enlisted men and women,” said Mayor Garcetti during the announcement
last fall.

“We are very excited to host and see a significant turnout for LA Fleet
Week™,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka. “This
is a great occasion for people to visit and explore our harbor enclave
and enjoy what’s destined to become an annual end-of-summer tradition in
Southern California.”

Passes for the popular ship tours will be available both online and
on-site, first-serve basis. Half of the passes will be made available
online several weeks before the event.

In addition to ship tours, other activities planned for LA Fleet Week
include a special “Fleet Week First Thursday” community welcome event,
Veteran’s Village resource area, military and emergency responder
equipment displays, family STEM Expo, live entertainment stage, and
demonstration airshow planned among other activities.

To keep the public updated about LA Fleet Week developments
and announcements, event organizers have launched LAFleetWeek.com.
On the website, individuals can get the latest event information and
sign up for email updates. Event updates will also be announced on the
LA Fleet Week Facebook,
and Instagram
accounts, and on social media using the hashtag #LAFleetWeek2016.

Seeking Inaugural Year Sponsors

LA Fleet Week sponsors and major underwriters include
Farmers & Merchants Bank, U.S. Bank, Tesoro, Providence Health &
Services, Sailor Jerry, Southern California Ford Dealers, and several
other nationally recognized organizations.

Organizers are actively seeking event sponsors, underwriters and
tax-deductible donations, offering many ground-floor opportunities for
both corporate and private party participation. The LA
Fleet Week Foundation
501(c)(3) has been established to
ensure ongoing, sustainable support for the annual event, in addition to
the formation of a leadership council for community ambassadors. For
sponsorship or foundation information, contact Jonathan Williams at jwilliams@lafleetweek.org
or visit the foundation website at www.lafleetweek.org.

The Port of Los Angeles, a major event underwriter, is America’s premier
port and has a strong commitment to developing innovatively strategic
and sustainable operations that benefit Southern California’s economy
and quality of life. North America’s leading seaport by container volume
and cargo value, the Port of Los Angeles facilitated $270 billion in
trade during 2015. In addition to making LA Fleet Week
possible, the Port’s cargo operations facilitate more than 133,000 jobs
(about one in 14) in the City of Los Angeles and 479,000 jobs (or one in
18) in the five-county Southern California region. The San Pedro Bay
Ports support nearly 1 million California jobs and 2.8 million


The Port of Los Angeles
Phillip Sanfield
of Media Relations

Direct: (310) 732-3568
(310) 732-0430