Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Passing The Carriers at Norfolk

In the above U.S. Navy photo sailors watch as the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) passes the aircraft carriers USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), USS George Washington (CVN 73) and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72).

The Eisenhower departed Naval Station Norfolk for the maintenance phase of the Optimized Fleet Response Plan (OFRP).

Note: The above photo was taken by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dartek Williams.

You can click on the above photo to enlarge. 


  1. Thanks for the photo, Paul. It makes me wonder a bit about fleet readiness with so much tonnage in port. That number not deployed seems unusual and ill-advised.

    1. The other carriers passed by the Eisenhower are not operable at this time...The Lincoln is just finishing it's yard period and will be ready soon.
      The George Washington is just beginning her complete re-fitting including re-fueling....Will be ready in approx one year......the Ford was just commissioned on Saturday, July 22 and still has some issues to complete before deployment.....

  2. R.T.,

    I recall the carriers lined up in port like this when I was in Norfolk back in 1974.

    The carriers were also lined up in San Diego in 1970-1971 when I was there as well.


  3. Hmmm. Okay, but it seems odd. Eleven in the fleet. Four in NORVA. Hmmmm.

  4. R.T.,

    Don't know where the newest carrier, the USS Ford will eventually go...