Fleet Exodus!

On our morning beach walk today we witnessed one of the lesser known effects of a hurricane bearing down. The Navy ships are putting out to sea. The Navy has ordered all the ships based in Norfolk to deploy to ride out the hurricane, as it looks to sideswipe us here in Virginia Beach. Given the early departure they will be able to make a rendezvous point well outside the cone.

The pictures, though not too sharp, show a few of the warships traversing the Chesapeake Bay toward the Atlantic. We saw 7 of the many ships make the journey just during our walk. They were mostly destroyers and frigates but there was one super carrier, I believe it was the USS Harry S. Truman.

It provided a bit of nostalgia for me as I was stationed here with the Navy in the mid-sixties. I made this same sortee on a number of occasions. It was during that time I met and married my beautiful beach walking partner.

As for us land-lubber types, we are hunkered down and waiting…

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21 thoughts on “Fleet Exodus!

  1. You and your family have been in my prayers Al. Praying all my blogging friends on the east coast stay high, dry and safe!
    We just try stay out of the way of tornadoes when the season is right for them.

  2. Ships as sitting ducks – makes so much sense to get out of the way!
    Speaking of good ideas, I just read about a man in Florida who parked his little Smart Car in his house. The double wide swinging patio doors were big enough, and the car was small enough! When the storm had passed, he simply backed out and the ‘extra garage’ became a room again.

    • Yes, Linda, ships are a lot safer at sea than in port. The ones that can’t go out due to maintenance or refitting have to double up on mooring ropes and disconnect all services from the dock, communication, water, electric etc.

  3. Coast Guard no doubt is moving their ships out also, as well as sending cutters to the Bahamas. Mark worked late hours every day and all holiday weekend to be sure resources were safe and in position to help. Thank you for serving, Al.

    • Absolutely, Bernice. The Coast Guard are like first responders on land. I’m sure Mark will be busy coordinating relief efforts for that region. Thank for checking in. Coming this way anytime soon? Would love to see you.

  4. Coast Guard no doubt is moving their ships out also, as well as sending cutters to the Bahamas. Mark worked late hours every night and all weekend to be sure resources we’re safe and in posi

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