Norfolk

After a really long day and night, we arrived at Norfolk. In the middle of the night, Coast Guard had announced 37N 075W for a radius of 40 miles would be a live fire range by 0700. Warship 55 spent the whole night radar intercepting vessels and telling them to re-plan their routes.  We had chosen to run the 3 mile line, so we were not asked to buzz off.
When you come around Fort Wool at Hampton Roads, the miles of military hardware is awesome.
Again because of 9-11 heightened security, we were not allowed to get too close.  There were heavily armed officers in high powered rubber Hurricanes making darn sure that you didn't stray from the channel.
We saw flattop carriers, destroyers, missile cruisers, corvettes, hospital ships, supply and tenders and even a floating dry-dock.  I lost count around 80 large vessels. We were disappointed by not seeing a single  submarine.
We tucked up the Lafayette River just below the bridge behind marker R"14."  Good holding and a very protected spot.
The Norfolk Yacht Club is immediately opposite the marker and the staff are very friendly toward transients. Note the size of the catamaran docked out front.
We met an interesting couple from England who were extolling the benefits of cruising Cuba.  Unfortunately a rogue squall sent them scurrying to their boat before we had a chance to get into details.
Here is some more US Navy hardware, up the Elizabeth River where we will enter the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW).
To give you some idea of the size, can you see the guy standing in the bay door entrance?