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NORFOLK (AP) -- Fleet Week is returning to Hampton Roads.

The celebration begins Friday, with numerous events scheduled to honor those who serve in the U.S. Navy and other military branches. Fleet Week activities consist of ship visits, sports competitions, family events and military demonstrations.

The week culminates Oct. 20 with Fleet Fest, hosted by Naval Station Norfolk. The event includes tours of the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan, the guided missile destroyer USS Ross, and the guided missile frigate USS Nicholas, along with live entertainment, a car show and a challenge where different commands compete for the best chowder.

On Friday, the Military Citizen of the Year will be presented to the enlisted service member whose personal and public contributions have had the most positive effect on the Hampton Roads community.

US Fleet Forces Command also will celebrate The Navy's 237th birthday in a 6:00 p.m. ceremony aboard the Battleship Wisconsin in downtown Norfolk.

Naval Station Norfolk's celebration is at 8:45 a.m. Friday. Events include a bell ringing, historical reflection and cake cutting. The Navy's actual birthday is Saturday, Oct. 13.

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