July 4th, 1997
Looks like two Marine assault ships/carriers there as well.
That is insanity. Neat picture but someone needs their seat kicked for such stupidity. By the picture you show that would make 6 likely 7 carriers all in strike range of each other. Folks that right there is one of the reasons we got hit on 9/11. No I'm not blaming the Navy for the terrorist deeds but that is not a show of force that is a show of arrogance and stupidity berthing carriers like that. The stars in the Pentagon who approved this needed relieved of duty. I see it was Clinton's watch when it happened. 25 years ago you could not have put but three carriers at NOB Norfolk period. Pier 12 & one side of pier 7 was it. But here's the real irony to it. We had more ships in 1980 than now.
Wow I have not seen five carriers (with battle groups)in port. I can't imagine the traffic around here. It is bad on a good day.
Bill Clinton, President.
Yes, I was in New York that weekend, and drove down the West Side Highway past all those navy ships. Bill Clinton was showing off his patriotism and his love of the military for the media. What did he care if it was risking most of our navy?
Here's a link to a at-sea WWII version of your photo:
Looks like that term "Murderer's Row" applies to both photos.
(although, technically, I'd prefer "Killers' Row")