An aircraft carrier, destroyer and minesweeper will be among the warships in the Port of Los Angeles for the city's first Navy week, starting Monday.
"Navy Weeks are designed to show Americans the investment they've made in their Navy and to increase awareness of the Navy in cities that don't have active duty naval bases," Cmdr. Christopher Scholl told the Daily Breeze.
Public tours of the ships will be held through Sunday.
Among the ships due in port are the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln, which recently returned from deployment in the Middle East; the cruiser Princeton, the destroyer Chafee and the minesweeper Champion.
The Abraham Lincoln, en route from Bremerton, Wash., is expected in port about 10 a.m. Monday and will berth near Cabrillo Beach. Tours will be available Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
"It's probably a little longer than three football fields, so it's a very long ship," Scholl said. Jets and helicopters will be onboard and the sheer "size and presence" of the ship is sure to draw attention, Scholl said.
The other ships will be based near the cruise terminal, off Harbor Boulevard near First Street, under the Vincent Thomas Bridge. Free parking will be provided, and the Red Car trolley, which runs along the waterfront, will be free.
To board the ships, a government-issued I.D. is required, and children must be at least 8. Photographs will be allowed, and anyone planning on touring a ship should wear closed-toe shoes and be able to climb ladders.
The event is one of 21 Navy Weeks scheduled this year.