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8 become citizens aboard USS Pinckney as Fleet Week draws to close

6-day event on San Francisco waterfront attracts thousands

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Section Chief Bill Cass administered the oath of citizenship to eight military members on the flight deck of the USS Pinckney, (DDG-91) during Fleet Week, which has attracted thousands of visitors and ends today.

San Francisco's annual Fleet Week has been a six-day event filled with free activities including Blue Angels air shows, Pier 39 concerts, a parade of ships and ship tours.

"It's such a Bay Area tradition," Fleet Week spokeswoman Mary Hickey said. "It's a sign of fall."

The citizenship oath was a highlight on board the USS Pinckney, which is the 13th Flight IIA Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer. It's the namesake of Navy Cook Third Class William Pinckney, who was awarded the prestigious Navy Cross for rescuing a crewmember on the USS Enterprise during the Battle of Santa Cruz.

The ship was part of the bay parade of ships during U.S. Navy's annual San Francisco Fleet Week celebration. It was open for visiting on Sunday and Monday and during the swearing in ceremony for the new citizens.

Three of the new citizens come from the Philippines, with one each from the Ivory Coast, Peru, South Korea, El Salvador and Germany. Military services represented at the ceremony included the Army Reserve and the Coast Guard.

PHOTO CAPTION:

The officer shown administering the oath is Section Chief Bill Cass. Photo by Sharon Rummery.

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