Fleet Week 2016 in New York City

  • Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon performs in Times Square, New York City on May 28, 2016.
  • Marine Corps public affairs officers live stream the performance of the Silent Drill Platoon in Times Square, New York City on May 28, 2016.
  • A man takes a selfie with members of the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon in Times Square, New York City on May 28, 2016.
  • Members of the United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps standing in Times Square, New York City on May 28, 2016.
  • A man takes a photograph of members of the United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps in Times Square, New York City, May 28, 2016.
  • Maurice and Rosanna LoBasso review a selfie they took with their kids John and Victoria in front of a V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor military aircraft in the Eisenhower Memorial Park in Long Island during a military demonstration on May 28, 2016.
  • Vivien Gurgein stands in the Eisenhower Memorial Park during a military demonstration on May 28, 2016. Her son, David “Bull” Gurfein is a retired Marine and currently campaigning for office in the U.S. Congress.
  • 5 year-old John Naughton wears the helmet and bullet proof west of LCpl. Trevor Speer of the 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines, Lima Company during a military demonstration in the Eisenhower Memorial Park, May 28, 2016.
  • A U.S. Navy sailor and a photographer sits in the cargo hold of Fat Albert, the Blue Angels C-130 Hercules aircraft, after a negative-G flight experience over Jones Beach, Long Island, New York, May 27, 2016.
  • A spectator watches the Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornet jets refuel at Republic Airport in East Farmingdale, New York, on May 27, 2016.
  • U.S. Marine Corps Captain Katie Higgins kisses the noise of Fat Albert, the Blue Angels C-130 Hercules aircraft, before she takes off for a demonstration over Jones Beach, Long Island, New York, May 27, 2016.
  • Sherrie Dobiecki sits behind the wheel of a pushback on the flight deck of the USS Bataan as the ship approaches New York City on May 25, 2016.
  • Members of the Marine Corps Combat Camera team photograph on the flight deck of the USS Bataan as the ship approaches New York City on May 25, 2016.
  • U.S. Navy ABHAN Chen Fang stands on the flight deck of the USS Bataan as the ship approaches New York City on May 25, 2016.
  • A U.S. Navy sailor stands on the deck of the USS Farragut as his ship approaches the USS Bataan to practice ‘UNREP’, or underway replenishment of cargo and fuel on May 24, 2016.
  • A CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopter landing on the flight deck of the USS Bataan on May 24, 2016.
  • A U.S. Navy flight deck crew member signals to a CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopter on the flight deck of the USS Bataan on May 24, 2016.
  • A U.S. Marine photographs a landing CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopter on the flight deck of the USS Bataan on May 24, 2016.
  • An U.S. Navy sailor on board of the USS Bataan on May 24, 2016.
  • The USO Troupe performs for sailors and Marines on the USS Bataan while the ship cruises toward New York City on May 24, 2016.
  • U.S. Marines from the 3rd Battalion 6th Marines catching the last bit of phone signal before going off the grid for a couple of days on their way to New York City on the USS Bataan Amphibious Assault Ship at Norfolk Naval Base, Va., May 23, 2016.
  • A U.S. Navy sailor sits on a LCAC (Landing Craft Air Cushion) onboard the USS Bataan on May 23, 2016.
  • U.S. Marines from the 3rd Battalion 6th Marines walk the well-deck of the USS Bataan on May 23, 2016.
  • BMSN Cody Evans prepares for guiding a docking LCAC (Landing Craft Air Cushion) onboard the USS Bataan on May 23, 2016.
  • The USS Bataan at Norfolk Naval Base, in Va. on May 23, 2016.

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Fleet Week is underway, bringing U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard ships to dock in New York City for a week-long celebration of America’s sea services. The events lead into the Memorial Day holiday for its 28th year.

Fleet Week, which began Wednesday with the Parade of Ships, offers New Yorkers the chance to view air shows, tour massive sea vessels, interact with the military, and learn about weapons systems, vehicles and gear. For anyone so inclined, there will also be ample opportunities to snag a “#SelfieWithASailor” in dress whites, or a “#SemperFiSelfie” with a U.S. Marine. 

Also on the agenda: Drill demonstrations, readings, concerts and barbecues. The celebration ends Tuesday, May 31, when the ships depart.

Photographer Balazs Gardi is on deck for MSNBC, so check back as we continue to update this slideshow through the holiday. 

For more feature photography, go to msnbc.com/photography.

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