Sailing for Show
“Whenever we do an evolution (event) of 15 or 20 ships at sea, we have to take photos to show the formations and the ships. Sometimes we have to get within 400 yards with ships on each side to get good photos, and that’s difficult to do while moving at 13 knots on the open water. If you get too close, you can trade some paint. The participating foreign countries want the shots to establish that their Navy can do our maneuvers as well. There’s a joke that if you do an evolution without taking pictures, then it didn’t happen.” –Lt. Addison Carr, while sailing the York River without another ship in sight.