BROOKLYN - Fleet Week officially began in New York City this morning.

Since 1984, the city has held a week-long celebration to honor the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.

Among other events, Fleet Week includes military demonstrations and the opportunity for the public to tour some of the visiting ships.

The six-day long celebration was kicked off this morning with a parade of ships sailing up the Hudson to the George Washington Bridge, before they turned around and docked on Manhattan's west side and Staten Island.

One of the biggest attractions this year is proving to be the USS New York, whose hull was forged with 7.5 tons of steel from the World Trade Center.

For Chopper 12 footage of the military ships on the Hudson River, tune to iO Extra on Channel 612.