Flattops

 The aircraft carriers USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), USS Enterprise (CVN 65), USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) are in port at Naval Station Norfolk, Va., the world's largest naval station. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ernest R. Scott/Released)

The aircraft carriers USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), USS Enterprise (CVN 65), USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) are in port at Naval Station Norfolk, Va., the world’s largest naval station. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ernest R. Scott/Released)

The aircraft carriers USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), USS Enterprise (CVN 65), USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) are in port at Naval Station Norfolk, Va., the world's largest naval station. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ernest R. Scott/Released)

The aircraft carriers USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), USS Enterprise (CVN 65), USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) are in port at Naval Station Norfolk, Va., the world’s largest naval station. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ernest R. Scott/Released)

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  • 11 Bravo says:

    Wow 5 super carriers is almost half the carrier fleet. Additionally there are at least 4 helicopter carriers in that photo which are as big as other navies’ carriers.

    Though if I were the Navy, I don’t think I’d advertise this. If you want more ships, especially carriers, it is probably not a good idea to let people know that you can afford to tie up half the force in Norfolk. Folks might start to think you don’t need that many ships after all.

  • Captain Ned says:

    Agreed. Too many flattops not out at sea where they belong.

  • 11 Bravo says:

    In the photo there appears to be a floating net or something. Is that some sort of anti-torpedo net?

    • Captain Ned says:

      Could be, but I think the last air-dropped torpedo aimed at a surface target happened back in Korea when some WWII-vintage MK13s were used to take out a dam.

    • Matthew says:

      Speaking of anti-torpedo net, it sure looks like a periscope in the lower left of the bottom photograph. Doesn’t look like it appears a few seconds before in the top one. :P

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