October 18, 2014 Navy, Sailing, York River

Sights to See on the York

Dolphins showed up late in the season in the York River, with a pod of seven bobbing for 20 minutes near the entrance of the channel to Sarah Creek. Adrienne and Ben Johnson of St. Paul, Minnesota, took their family sailing on a breezy fall afternoon and were wowed by the sight. They were in town for their son Andrew’s homecoming in Norfolk on the USS Arleigh Burke, back from a nine-month deployment in the Mediterranean. “He loves the Navy,” Adrienne said. His ship, namesake of an entire destroyer class in the US Navy, was the first to fire on Syria in the ISIS siege. “They left with a bang, after firing everything they had,” his grandfather Fred Johnson said. As it happened, we sailed past Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, where the sister ship USS Farragut was reloading missiles presumably for Syria.

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