Helicopter landing at Eisenhower Park

Helicopter landing at Eisenhower Park
Nassau County's Eisenhower Park. (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Nassau County will host a Marine and Navy helicopter landing in Eisenhower Park on Saturday, May 27 as part of the “Fleet Week 2017” activities in New York City.

The free event, billed “Raid New York” will be the only Marine/Navy helicopter landing on Long Island.

Spectators are invited to board the aircraft once landed and meet with military personnel.

The Navy Landing is at 10 a.m.

The U.S. Navy Parachute Team, 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 43rd anniversary this year.

In addition, a combined team of members from the U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team and a Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron will present a mine countermeasures demonstration.

The EOD technicians are stationed in Virginia Beach, Va.

The Marine Landing is at 12:30 p.m.

The CH-53 Sea Stallion, MV-22 Osprey 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, N.C.

The helicopter landing will be taking place on the Kite Field, just south of the Veterans Memorial in Eisenhower Park, with parking at field 6A and adjoining parking fields.

Please note:  New safety regulations have redefined spectator areas, so all are advised to arrive early.

Northwell Health will also have a presence at the event with displays, vehicles and entertainment and support for participating military personnel.

For more information about this event, call (516) 572-0200 or visit www.nassaucountyny.gov/parks.

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