Norfolk and Hampton Roads, Virginia, Early Morning

This is yesterday’s post, but I was out of range then, I will post today’s post tomorrow (You get the idea)

We leave Norfolk with a last view of the incongruous, a hokey ferry passing a moored Carrier.

and plunge out into Hampton Roads, a busy maritime thoroughfare.

A jumbo dredger waiting for work.

A Panamax collier unloading.

A couple of wildly misplaced ferries

A trio of Marine Transporters

A hospital ship

And as we pass, a departing Aegis class cruiser, manhandled by a couple of dockyard tugs. In the early morning mist a tugboat’s farewell, fire hoses playing for the smallest of audiences, just the tugs, the cruiser and us.

Warship 94 goes out, Warship 75 comes in. Grey ships on a grey morning the only colour in this world is their signal bunting.

Fifty hard-won windward miles later we are into the western shore of Chesapeake Bay. Taking shelter in Deltaville, our final stop in Virginia, tomorrow into Maryland and 150 miles to the creek.

Author: Low Wattage

Expat Welshman, educated (somewhat) in UK, left before it became fashionable to do so. Now a U.S. Citizen, and recent widower, playing with retirement and house remodeling, living in Delaware and rural Maryland (weekends).

8 thoughts on “Norfolk and Hampton Roads, Virginia, Early Morning”

  1. Did they put up the marquee on the deck for your arrival? Was it a boring cheese and wine or the whole nine yards?

    Great pics, that Norfolk facility must be colossal.

  2. Warship 94 goes out, Warship 75 comes in.

    Had a bit of fun looking these two up.

    Warship 94 appears to be USS Nitze (the only ship of the United States Navy to be named for Paul Nitze, who served as Secretary of the Navy under President Lyndon B. Johnson and as chief arms control adviser in the administration of President Ronald Reagan.)

    Warship 75 USS Donald Cook (named for Donald Cook, a Vietnam War prisoner of war who died in captivity)

    Both Arleigh Burke class of guided missile destroyers.

  3. Soutie: Monsterous facility at Norfolk/Hampton most of the East Coast navy seems to be there. Thanks for the info on 94 and 75 (Destroyers, huh) all these boats with Phased array radar look like cruisers to me. The first Aegis class was 51 I think, I worked on the phased array system for that one. Arleigh Burke is worth a Google if you have time. Your “Get your badge” post was just what is needed.

    Bravo: If you really want to be bored you can read the whole story by clicking on my name in the bogroll.

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