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Seafair ‘sequestered’: No Blue Angels, no Navy ship visits

Released by Jeanie Kitchens, PAO Naval Station EverettSEATTLE — For the past 40 years, the Navy’s Blue Angels have delighted Seafair fans with their roaring, daredevil stunts, but now, due to sequestration cuts, the Navy has announced that it is canceling the Angels entire season.

In addition, the Navy announced the cancellation of ship visits this year during the Seattle Seafair Fleet Week. What’s a Fleet Week without a fleet?

Budget shortfalls due to federal sequestration are forcing the Navy and other military services to cut back on formal community outreach programs in 2013.

“We appreciate the community’s understanding during these uncertain budgetary times,” said Rear Adm. Mark Rich, Commander Navy Region Northwest. “We will continue to find ways to engage locally, in keeping with Department of Defense guidance. We are thankful for what Seattle, Portland, and our community partners do to support our service men and women every day and look forward to continuing to work with those partners now, and in the future.”

The Navy said the Blue Angels squadron will continue to train at its home base in Pensacola, Fla. The Navy also said that it can only perform at public events without incurring any governmental expense.

The Navy did say it “intends to continue aerial demonstrations in the future as the budget situation permits,” but there is no further word on what exactly those public events would entail.

A Seafair spokesperson said event planners have booked the Patriots Jet Team to fly in place of the Blue Angels.


15 Comments to “Seafair ‘sequestered’: No Blue Angels, no Navy ship visits”

    Kurt said:
    April 9, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Are you sick of the Obama administration yet??

    Obama could choose to cut the massive amount of government waste. He could choose to cut the lavish vacations he is spending tax money on (30 times the amount spent during the Bush administration and counting). He could choose to fund the Blue Angels instead of sending F-16's to his muslim buddies in Egypt …. But NO.
    Instead he is cutting the most visible programs possible in order to cause you as much pain as possible, and then try and convince you it is Republicans fault.

    Q13 Fox I wish you would start telling it like is, and thank you at least for posting this.

      Block Watcher said:
      April 9, 2013 at 11:14 AM

      I doubt if any of your claims are even half way true. We are sick of the right wing propaganda machine.

      James said:
      April 9, 2013 at 12:16 PM

      I work in Foreign Military Sales for the DOD and I can assure you that Egypt is actually buying the F-16s not that I agree with the sale. We sale military weapons to anyone despite them being possible hostile to us in the near future.

        Block Watcher said:
        April 9, 2013 at 12:35 PM

        Don't they already several hundred F16s?

          James said:
          April 9, 2013 at 2:36 PM

          I was going to say no but actually they do. The U.S. are getting next generation aircraft. They also are buying weapons from the U.S. Navy. I suspect the foreign aid they get from the U.S. is just used to buy weapons instead of helping infrastructure of the country.

            James said:
            April 9, 2013 at 2:38 PM

            So I guess we actually are giving them the F-16s.

      Skip said:
      April 9, 2013 at 11:20 PM

      Maybe bankrupting the USA with the Iraq war wasn't such a great idea after all, but the oil companies appreciate it.

    Block Watcher said:
    April 9, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    The US Navy needs the Angels in Korea.

    Richard said:
    July 4, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    $40 million saved by cancelling the Blue Angels. Great. We can spend 12 million to jail Tommy Chong for the movies he made in the 70's & 80's though. And How many more millions on this war on pot smokers ? Absolutely nobody has ever died from smoking pot. They die as direct and indirect casualties of the war on drugs. They die , go to prisons we have to build and maintain , they are marked as criminals , and their Blue Angels are canceled because all the money is spent on a cause that makes less sense than alcohol prohibition. We all know how that worked out.

      Leena said:
      July 20, 2013 at 12:09 AM

      I support our troops.
      My relative is a F18 pilot and put in years of service and I admire their bravery and hard work.

      However, these are weapons. By definition, they FIGHT. If we want our Military to inspire the next generation, they should live up to the ANGEL in their name.

      HOW? not by equating violence with angels, but perhaps showing our brave soldiers & sailors standing side by side our neighbors, in our schools, supporting & empowering & education our most vulnerable—in out communities, not sky high making pollution, sheer terror in noise and waste of prescious resources. Seeing how our pilots, troops & officers can inspire youth with face to face contact, with outstretched hands and with encouraging words despite adversity-THIS is what makes them heroic.

      Not using expensive weapons.

      Those flights are dangerous (for pilots, for our ears, for folks on the ground, for the environment, for our budgets) and should not be used to show off. They kill humans and destroy. Sometimes for necessity, but should never be bragged about.

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