Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet joined Navy League New York Council members in observing Fleet Week New York 2009’s opening Parade of Ships May 20 at a reception in southern Manhattan.
‘“On behalf of the maritime forces of the U.S. and our Canadian ally, I’d like to relay the message that ‘We love New York!'” proclaimed Vice Adm. Mel Williams, Jr., to numerous civilian and military distinguished guests shortly before the ships were within sight. He pointed out the importance of such opportunities. “They allow the American public to see and better understand our maritime forces.” He also thanked supporters of the Navy for hosting the reception to review U.S. and Canadian ships as they sail up the Hudson River.”We are inspired by your support,” said Williams. “You are true patriots, and you are sincerely appreciated by those of us who serve in the armed forces.”