Fleet Fest 2019 presented by Naval Station Norfolk

Posted at 8:31 PM, Oct 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-19 20:31:44-04

NORFOLK, Va. – Naval Station Norfolk opened its gates to the public for its 2019 Fleet Fest on Saturday.

Through the week, residents honored the outstanding contributions and selfless sacrifice of Sailors, past and present.

Fleet Fest included guided ship tours, a car show, chili cook-off, food trucks, kid’s area, exhibits, performances, and much more that highlight the mission of NAVSTA Norfolk.

Visitors had an opportunity to go aboard and tour two U.S. Navy ships during Fleet Fest, USS John C. Stennis and USS Monterey, as well as see a wide variety of static displays and demonstrations through the day.

Stennis is the seventh Nimitz-class nuclear-powered supercarrier named for Sen. John C. Stennis of Mississippi. The ship was commissioned in December of 1995 and is temporarily homeported at Naval Station Norfolk for scheduled refueling and complex overhaul.

Monterey is a Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser and is the fourth Navy vessel named for the Battle of Monterrey at Monterrey, Nuevo León during the Mexican-American War in 1846. She was built at Bath Iron Works in Maine and was commissioned in October of 1988.