Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Aloha to the USS Nimitz!


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.

What is the biggest "thing" you have seen?  One randomly selected commenter wins a book choice from my convention stash.  This giveaway is open to all readers.  Comments are open through Saturday, July 7, 10 pm in Hawaii.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, July 8.


Mahalo,


Kim in Hawaii
  
The tugs help the carrier move towards the pier.


34 comments:

  1. These are fabulous pictures and I envy you this experience! Size wise, the biggest thing I have ever seen is the Grand Canyon.

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  2. That sight never fails to humble and astound. Thank you for sharing.

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  3. I've seen some big dinosaurs at the Museum of Natural History.

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  4. I would have to say the biggest thing I've ever seen was The Queen Mary (ship). It's pretty darn big.

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  5. Great pics. Happy fourt. All,
    Seen ankor wat
    Kimh

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  6. I live in South West QLD. Everything comes to town via trucks. I mean BIG trucks. Not just one massive trailer, but two & the cabin. They ROAR through town. When we had The Big Flood (think Biblical, building an Ark type wet) nothing was getting in. My son & I could not believe how quiet it was with nothing big moving through town.

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  7. Happy 4th of July to you all! Thank you from me and my husband. As the parents of an Army reservist who has served in Iraq, we appreciate you honoring our military.

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  8. Spring Break on Satellite Beach near Port Canaveral.. watching a Disney Ship leave port...suddenly realized that a submarine was surfacing in same general area... only wished we were on the Disney boat to watch submarine more closely!!
    Happy 4th of July to all and thanks to all who have or are serving our nation!

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  9. The biggest thing I've ever seen would have to be Niagra Falls. They are huge and the amount of water that flows down them is massive.

    Heather F.
    book_lover6983@yahoo.com

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  10. Happy 4th of July!!!
    My best vacation was a car tour of the American South West. It was glorious. The US is such a big beautiful country with so many wonderful vacation spots. The crowning glory of that vacation was the Grand Canyon. It is simply awe imspiring. No pictures or even verbal descriptions do it justice. It is majestic, gloriously colorful and so vast.

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  11. Hi Kim,

    happy 4th of July! Wow the biggest that I have seen, when it comes to ships, that were historical 3 & 4 mast sail boats. Someone them were former navy ships. And I saw a British naval aircraft carrier when I was in Portsmouth years ago.

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  12. That is very impressive. When my father was at the Pentagon, he took us to a show of military precision. It was amazing. At one point they turned out the lights and continued on with just pieces of the uniform glowing.

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  13. That would be Mt. Hood in Portland, OR.

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  14. I would have to say Mount Rushmore.

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  15. A ship in dry dock. Happy 4th, Kim. I really enjoy your blog. It brings back good memories.

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  16. Happy 4th... Wow... great photos again... I have seen the great wall of china but not as impressive your photos. :)

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  17. Pretty awe-inspiring! I grew up near Niagara Falls, and that's always amazing! The Statue of Liberty never fails to give me chills, but I would have loved to have seen the USS Nimitz in person.

    xx, Lauren

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  18. Wonderful pictures. Apart from the amazing sights made by nature, the biggest thing that I thought was amazing was the Howard Hughes' plane, The Spruce Goose, which was housed in a hangar in Long Beach, California. I believe it's now in a museum in Oregon.
    Ann
    cozyintexas@yahoo.com

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  19. Those are wonderful pictures. Very patriotic and perfect for Independence Day today. As for "big" things, we just saw the USS Carl Vinson on Saturday night. It is here in San Diego now. We sailed by it when we were on a harbor cruise. We also sailed by a huge ship that brought 5000 new Hondas to the car dealerships here in San Diego. Happy 4th to you and your family!

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  20. Wonderful pics! Oh so many large things - Grand Canyon, a launch at Cape Kennedy, The Statue of Liberty, Eiffel Tower, The Lourve, cruise ships, The Citadel and how about the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans lol.

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  21. Kim that was so beautiful and you're right what a day to have been touring the Arizona. I've never witnessed anything like this. THank you for sharing. I have to think it would be very moving to watch the ship arrive.

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  22. I was very impressed by the Arizona Memorial each time I visited. I've actually been in Hawaii twice on the 4th. Once on Waikiki for the fireworks & once on the Big Island. Beautiful over the ocean.

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  23. Happy Fourth of July, Kim!
    One of the biggest things I've seen was a ship. I was near the dock and saw one in the distance. Even from there it felt like a Titanic-size ship. Pretty cool :)

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  24. Beautiful pictures!
    I saw several ships in San Diego when my son was stationed there.

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  25. What a moving thing to see, I don't know if I have ever had the chance to expierence something like that. I get choked up during a 21 gun salute, I think I might have been bawling to see this.

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  26. Wow Someday I would love to tour the the bridge over the Arizona.
    When I lived in Scotland I could see the River Clyde from our Window The Queen Elizabeth the 2nd was docked in John Browns Shipyard I got to stay home from School to watch her maiden Voyage, That was the Biggest Ship I have seen.
    Have a good one Kim.
    Ann/alba

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  27. The biggest thing I've seen that I can think of is the Queen Mary ship in Long Beach, California. It's a retired ocean liner that is permanently moored in the Port of Long Beach and is a museum, hotel and restaurant.

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  28. The Grand Canyon is gorgeous. One of the most moving things I've seen is a funeral procession at Arlington National Cemetery. Happy 4th, all. God Bless America.

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  29. I've been trying to think of the "biggest" thing I've seen and for the life of me - my mind is blank. The only big thing I can think of at the moment is that darned Chesapeake Bay Bridge in Annapolis, Maryland. If you're not a bridge person, you know what I'm talking about! I think it's a splendid work of craftsmanship!

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  30. Biggest thing I have seen would probably be a 747 airplane or a cruise ship...

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  31. I guess the biggest thing would be the Empire State Building.

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  32. I've seen the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben and the London Eye.

    Geishasmom73 at yahoo dot com

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  33. Wonderful pics! And those sailors.... ;)
    The biggest thing that I have seen was probably the Twin Towers. I have seen the Statue of Liberty and also The Washington Monument. :)

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