Thanks to the federal budget stalemate that resulted in sequestration — a set of deep spending cuts — the Blue Angels air show will not take place during the 2013 Fleet Week. In early April, Maj.Gen. Mike Myatt, chairman of the San Francisco Fleet Week Association, announced that “the United States Navy Blue Angel Demonstration Team has canceled the rest of the 2013 air show season, which includes their appearance at San Francisco Fleet Week.”
S.F. Fleet Week will include other programs this year, and organizers will begin preparing for the Oct. 10–12, 2014 air show.
Mayor Ed Lee had earlier criticized the federal sequestration for its impact on more critical city services, schools, and public housing, saying he is “disappointed that Congress has not acted to prevent the damage that will be caused by federal sequestration.”