‘Marine’ punches sailor in the face during fight in Manhattan during NYC’s Fleet Week

‘Marine’ punches sailor in the face during fight in Manhattan as New York City’s ‘Fleet Week’ comes back with a bang after pandemic hiatus

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A US Navy sailor was punched in the face in an early morning attack in New York City during the first Fleet Week since the Covid-19 pandemic began in 2020.

Fleet Week, a celebration of the US Navy, Marines and Coast Guard servicemembers, began on May 25 and runs through until May 31 in the city. During the week, servicemembers are granted shore leave in New York City. 

An NYPD spokesperson told DailyMail.com that a 24-year-old sailor was punched in the face after getting involved in a dispute with another man around 2.15am on May 29. 

The victim also had his head pressed against the sidewalk, the The New York Post reported. 

The incident occurred here at the intersection between Montgomery Street and South Street in New York City's Lower East Side neighborhood

The incident occurred here at the intersection between Montgomery Street and South Street in New York City’s Lower East Side neighborhood

The sailor refused medical attention at the scene and went back to his ship. The Post report said that the victim is from New Mexico. 

The spokesperson said that there have been no arrests and that the investigation is continuing. 

U.S. Navy Public Affair Officers Beth Baker told DailyMail.com that the sailor who was injured was attached to the USS Bataan. 

Baker said that there is no Navy investigation at this time. Baker said that she did not know if the sailor required medical attention when he returned to his ship but she is confident that he was assessed medically.    

The New York Post reported that the assailant in the incident was a US Marine.  

The NYPD did not comment on that allegation. 

All of the US Marines on board USS Bataan were accounted for at the time of their curfew, which was before this incident occurred. 

The USS Bataan is the only ship in New York City this week that is carrying Marines.  

Baker said that incidents like this are rare during Fleet Week and that the Navy works closely with the NYPD to ensure that everybody has a safe time.  

The USS Bataan is based out of Norfolk, Virginia and is the only ship in New York City this week that is carrying Marines

The USS Bataan is based out of Norfolk, Virginia and is the only ship in New York City this week that is carrying Marines

The USS Bataan can carry over 1,600 Marines and a crew of over 1,200

The USS Bataan can carry over 1,600 Marines and a crew of over 1,200

A source told the Post that alcohol may have been a factor in the incident.  

The USS Bataan is a Wasp-class ship that can carry over 1,600 Marines and a crew of over 1,200. 

The ship is based out of Norfolk, Virginia. It’s crew’s motto is: ‘Courage. Commitment. Honor.’ 

According to the Navy, some 3,000 members of the US Navy, Coast Guard and Marines have flooded into New York City to celebrate Fleet Week for the first time since 2019. 

Speaking to CBS News about Fleet Week’s return, Marine Corps Sgt. Trever Archer said: ‘I think it’s a great experience. It’s a good opportunity for Marines and sailors to get out and enjoy themselves, but also to leave an impression on the public and be able to interact and talk to people.’ 

New York’s Fleet Week has been held every year in the city since 1984. The event was held virtually in 2020 and 2021 due to Covid-19. 

Prior to that the event was last canceled in 2013 due to federal budget cuts.

According to the Navy, some 3,000 members of the US Navy, Coast Guard and Marines have flooded into New York City to celebrate Fleet Week for the first time since 2019

According to the Navy, some 3,000 members of the US Navy, Coast Guard and Marines have flooded into New York City to celebrate Fleet Week for the first time since 2019

People take a selfie with the USS Bataan arriving for Fleet Week 2022 as seen from the Intrepid Museum on May 25, 2022 in New York City

People take a selfie with the USS Bataan arriving for Fleet Week 2022 as seen from the Intrepid Museum on May 25, 2022 in New York City

Upon announcing the return of the event, Rear Adm. Charles ‘Chip. Rock, Commander Navy Region Mid-Atlantic said: ‘New York is always an incredible host.’

The Fleet Week festivities began on Thursday with a parade of ships along the Hudson River. 

The visiting ships to the city are the USS Bataan, USS Thomas Hudner, USS Milwaukee, USCGC Dependable, USCGC Sycamore and the British ship, the HMS Protector.  

Among the events held in New York saw 200 servicemembers treated to a free screening of ‘Top Gun: Maverick.’ 

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