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Navy ships arrive Thursday

Annual Rose Festival Fleet Week includes public tours of vessels

Three U.S. Navy ships are scheduled to arrive in downtown Portland on Thursday for the annual Rose Festival Festival Week. They will be joined by four U.S. Coast Guard vessels and a ship from the Royal Canadian Navy.

The U.S. Navy ships are the guided-missile destroyers USS Dewey (DDG 105) and USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110), and guided missile frigate USS Ingraham (FFG 61). They will cruise along the Willamette River and moor between the Steel and Burnside Bridges before 4:00 p.m.

The ship will be in town through June 10. They will be open for public tours on June 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and on June 9 and 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Waiting lines at entry points for public tours will close one hour before the tour times end.

All visitors will be required to present a government-issued photo identification and pass through an airport-style security screening checkpoint prior to boarding the ships. Visitors are also encouraged to bring as few items as possible when arriving for their tour, and are recommended to wear flat-heeled, closed-toe shoes.

The following items are prohibited from being brought on board during the tours: weapons, including knives, firearms and club weapons; defensive chemicals or sprays, including mace and pepper spray; spray cans of any type; fireworks, flammable liquids or other explosives; illegal drugs and/or drug-related paraphernalia; large bags, including backpacks, diaper bags and large camera bags (small camera bags and small handbags may be permitted, but will be subject to search).