Nassau County will host a Marine and Navy Helicopter Landing in Eisenhower Park on Saturday, May 28 as part of the “Fleet Week 2016” activities in New York City. The free event, billed “Raid New York” will be the largest Marine/Navy helicopter landing on Long Island. Spectators will be invited to board the aircraft once landed and meet with military personnel.
The event kicks off at 10:00 a.m. when the U.S. Navy Parachute Team drops in. The Leap Frogs, based in San Diego, California will perform an aerial parachute demonstration showcasing the skills of the Naval Special Warfare Team. The team is celebrating their 42nd anniversary this year. In addition, a combined team of members from the U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team (EOD) and a Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron will present a mine countermeasures demonstration. The EOD technicians are stationed in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
The Marines land at noon. The CH-53 Sea Stallion Helicopters and AH-1W Cobras will perform an area sweep and transport a Marine Raid Force to the landing zone. Marines will perform an assault demonstration, after which the helicopters will land and will be available for public display, along with the weapons typically used by a Marine Corps Rifle Platoon. Marines supporting this event are part of a Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force from the II Marine Expeditionary Force based at Camp LeJeune, North Carolina.
The helicopter landing will be taking place on the Kite Field, just south of the Veterans Memorial in Eisenhower Park, with parking at fields 6 and 6A. Northwell Health will also have a presence at the event, providing support for participating military personnel.
For more information about this event, call (516) 572-0200 or visit www.nassaucountyny.gov/parks.