The USS Carl Vinson arrived on Wednesday (at this link). I signed up for the public tour and I share the photos with you!
|We climbed five stairs to the flight deck.|
|The flight deck offered almost every|
type of plane - from propeller to jet!
|Everything folds up!|
|Great view of the Mighty Mo ...|
|... and the USS Arizona.|
|The flag flies off the stern.|
|Here are the boat launches for the USS Arizona.|
The Ford Island Bridge is in the background.
|In the Air Force, it's nose art. |
In the Navy, it is tail art.
|Ready for action!|
|Great view of the National Park Service's|
boat launch to the USS Arizona Memorial ...
|... plus the USS Bowfin, |
nicknamed the Pearl Harbor Avenger.
|It must be an art to rack and stack|
the planes on the flight deck!
|We climbed another five stairs to the bridge.|
It offers a panoramic view of the flight deck ...
|... plus Aloha Stadium in the distance!|
|Another tourist samples the power|
of the captain's chair.
|On the lower deck, we checked out the static displays.|
|The Navy is proud of its heritage.|
|Lest we never forget.|
|The Tiger program allows sailors to invite family members to|
sail home on the last leg, such as Pearl Harbor to San Diego.
|I met a sailor escorting his father and grandfather.|
I also spotted a sailor bringing aboard his 10 year old son!
What a family treat!
|I drove over to Ford Island for this shot. The USS Carl Vinson rendered honors to the USS Arizona when it pulled into port.|
If you had a family member aboard any Navy ship, would you participate in a Tiger Cruise? Five days at sea, sleeping in a bunk, and learning about carrier operations? One randomly selected commenter wins a book choice from my convention stash. This giveaway is open to all readers. Comments are open through Saturday, May 19, 10 pm in Hawaii.
Kim in Hawaii
|It truly is a floating city!|