- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 21, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - The fleet has returned to New York City.

Three Navy ships and two Coast Guard cutters glided through New York Harbor on Wednesday to launch a celebration of America’s sea services.

People gathered along the Staten Island waterfront to view the spectacle. A cannon salute was offered by Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn. An FDNY fire boat sprayed red and blue plumes of water as the ships passed the Verrazano Bridge.

Fleet Week events continue through next Tuesday. They include ship tours, parades and aerial demonstrations.

Almost 1,500 service members are participating.

The week provides an economic shot in the arm to New York City. The celebration wasn’t held last year because of federal budget cuts.

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