The Oregon International Air Show in Hillsboro and the Rose Festival are the latest area events to face across-the-board budget cuts from the federal government.
The Navy announced Tuesday that none of its ships will be docking in Portland during the Rose Festival. Air show officials say they learned Monday night that the U.S. Navy Blue Angels were canceling all of their 2013 shows.
Federal cuts known as “sequestration” are responsible for both.
Hillsboro air show spokesman, Herb Gillen, says show organizers had been worried since last month.
“As of March 1st, the Blue Angels canceled their April schedule – which was a couple of shows that hadn’t canceled on their own. So, yeah, obviously there was concern by show officials.”
Gillen says the air show started making contingency plans then. Officials announced Tuesday that a different jet squad is coming. A California-based civilian team called “the Patriots” is slated to be at the July air show in Hillsboro.
NAVY PRESS RELEASE
APR. 9, 2013
NAVY CANCELS SHIP VISITS AT 2013 PORTLAND ROSE FESTIVAL AND SEATTLE SEAFAIR FLEET WEEKS
Silverdale, Wash. - The Navy announced today the cancellation of ship visits during the annual Portland Rose Festival Fleet Week and Seattle Seafair Fleet Week. This step is in addition to the earlier announcement by the Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, to cancel their remaining 2013 performances, including events at Seattle Seafair Fleet Week and in Hillsboro, Ore.
Budget shortfalls due to sequestration are forcing the Navy and other military services to cut back on formal community outreach programs in 2013.
“We appreciate the community’s understanding during these uncertain budgetary times,” said Rear Adm. Mark Rich, Commander Navy Region Northwest. “We will continue to find ways to engage locally, in keeping with Department of Defense guidance. We are thankful for what Seattle, Portland, and our community partners do to support our service men and women every day and look forward to continuing to work with those partners now, and in the future.”
Cancelling domestic ship visits is one of many steps the Navy is taking to ensure resources are in place to prioritize and support forces operating forward now, those training to relieve them, and continuing maintenance of the Navy’s fleet and aircraft.
The Navy believes there is value in demonstrating the capabilities of our ships and aircraft, thus inspiring future generations of Sailors and Marines. The Navy intends to continue Fleet Weeks in the future as the budget situation permits.
Media seeking further information should contact Navy Region Northwest Public Affairs at 360-396-1630.