San Francisco Fleet Week officials are scaling back plans for the October event after the U.S. Navy announced Tuesday that the Blue Angels air
show has been canceled.
The Blue Angels precision flight demonstration team canceled all upcoming 2013 shows, including the one in San Francisco from Oct. 10-14, as a
result of the federal sequestration cuts that went into effect last month.
The Navy said in a statement, "Recognizing budget realities, current defense policy states that outreach events can only be supported with local assets at no cost to the government."
Major Gen. Mike Myatt, chairman of the San Francisco Fleet Week Association, said in a statement that Fleet Week events will continue but that the air show has been canceled and that tickets will be refunded within 72 hours.
Myatt said other Fleet Week activities will still be held, but will be scaled back, including disaster response training.
Christine Falvey, spokeswoman for San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, said the mayor's office has reached out to the association in order to understand all of the impacts the changes will have on the city.
"We are going to work very hard to host a great Fleet Week," Falvey said. "It's a great opportunity to showcase our emergency preparedness efforts, get people ready for the next earthquake and recognize the contributions of our serving military personnel and our veterans."
The federal sequestration cuts that went into effect on March 1 after Congress could not reach a compromise will mean $1.2 trillion in automatic cuts across various departments over the next decade.
The Blue Angels will continue training at their home station in Pensacola, Fla., according to the Navy.