The U.S. Navy announced Monday it plans to fund the return of the Blue Angels and Fleet Week to Seattle’s Seafair next year.
Seafair officials have been planning since December for the flight team to come back in 2014, said spokeswoman Melissa Jurcan. But it wasn’t until today that the Navy said it plans on funding a full 2014 Blue Angels tour next year and five Fleet Weeks despite funding cuts.
But because of the potential for continuing budget squabbles in Congress, Jurcan said Seafair organizers were “cautiously optimistic” that both the Blue Angels and Fleet Week would be back. Fleet Week usually brings several Navy ships into Seattle to dock during the annual summer celebration.
“Everything seems so tentative with Congress, we’re going to hold off on any big announcements until about January,” said Jurcan.
The Blue Angels show was canceled this last summer after sequestration forced funding cuts. The Department of Defense cuts resulted in the withdrawal of more than 2,800 outreach events this year, according to a Navy release.
Most Department of Defense public outreach programs will still be operating at reduced capacity next year, though, according to a department release. The cost-cutting measures that could affect the frequency of other shows put on by jets, parachute teams, bands and port visits will save the department $104 million.