posted on Jan, 3 2013 @ 05:25 PM
reply to post by CaptainBeno
Don't mean to ruin your optimisim, but if they're in-port and moored to a pier, exactly jack will be flying off those flat tops. It takes a couple
hours to get them under way with the head of steam needed for cat ops, and that's not even counting if the reactors are "cold".
However there are at least three major air bases right in that region (Norfolk Naval Station, NAS Oceana, Langley AFB), which could scramble a few
carriers worth of airpower if it was deemed necessary. And where do you think they keep the planes when the carriers are in port? (Also Andrews and
Cherry Point are pretty close too, counting flight time at "full military".)
And in that regard, there's always something flying and patrolling that area of the East Coast, let alone the smaller ships, subs, offshore
platforms, and submerged listening arrays that keep a rather good eye on things.
Coast Guard supposedly scans a lot of things before they're allowed to head in to port, but I'd say the biggest threat would still be what might be
missed on one of those shipping containers. Considering all the nearby shipping traffic and the volume of it, that would be my main worry.
As for the pic, it's a cool one. I remember my days back there. I don't think they're visibile in this pic (just off the bottom from the view here)
but piers 12 & 13 are "best parking" if you like fast food. (Yet when in-port the "roach coach", hangar bay vending machines, and mess decks
aren't terrible either.)