Sometimes even giants need a little tenderness. Just look at the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) transiting the Elizabeth River, at Portsmouth, Va., shepherded by four tiny tugboats. The huge vessel was photographed en route to Norfolk Naval Shipyard, on November 5th. [Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Justin R. Pacheco/U.S. Navy]


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I used to live in Norfolk, and I always loved driving through downtown and seeing the ships in the dry docks across the river and all of the shipping in the area. These shots give you a good idea of the scale here.

USS George Washington (CVN-73), escorted by USS Whirlwind (PC-11). Norfolk is on the right side of this image, Portsmouth on the left.

USS George Washington passes USS Wisconsin (BB-64) in Norfolk where it now resides as a museum ship.

USS Harry Truman (CVN-75) at the mouth of the south branch of the Elizabeth River, before turning northwest and heading back to the Norfolk Naval Base. USS Boxer (LHD-4) lies in dry dock behind.

Having made the turn, USS Harry Truman heads out of downtown Norfolk. USS Wisconsin is in the background.

USS Harry Truman. Norfolk is on the left of the image. The south branch of the Elizabeth River is in the top right corner.