On Monday, July 2, the USS Nimitz was scheduled to arrive in Pearl Harbor for RIMPAC 2012. Since I have seen the USS Vinson enter the channel and the USS Stennis leave the channel, I decided to watch the USS Nimitz "salute" the USS Arizona Memorial. My youngest son and I drove over to Ford Island and parked on Nob Hill. Above left is the USS Essex, an amphibious assault carrier, docked at the Hotel Pier.
|Here comes the USS Nimitz!|
|The sailors are manning the rails as |
the tugs guide the carrier.
|Two sailors (left, on duty, and right, off duty) |
join our viewing party.
|What a day to be on the USS Arizona!|
|We could hear the ship's whistle call |
the sailors to render their salute.
|The sailors explained that all ships have to slowly pass |
the memorial to prevent stirring up the silt
which could damage the sunken Arizona.
|Pictures cannot capture this unique experience.|
|The wind cooperated and the |
flag flew proudly for these pictures.
|The sailors even man the rails in the crow's nest.|
|I kept clicking away with pictures.|
Kim in Hawaii
|The tugs help the carrier move towards the pier.|