The week before last, the USS Enterprise visited my home town of Lisbon, Portugal. I took some photos and videos with my cell phone at about 300 yds from it!!!!! (I got permission via channel 16, from our Maritime Police, our coast guard, to get as near as 300meters, but I admit I got a little closer, and nothing hapened, the Portuguese Navy had a small inflatable motoring around it and they kind of were showing how close we could get). We could see the sailors on deck, come see us and saying hello!!!
Talk about big!!! As you get up closer, it just amazes me the size of these things.
It was anchored in the Tagus river, perpendicular to the river, and occupied half of the channel!!!
I sailed near it the day it arrived, Nov 7th and accompained it to see the day they left, a thursday.
The day they set sail, they had these helicopters flying around in circles (around 10 mile radius), they would fly in our bow sideways and we waived. The guys in the helicopter side doors waived back at us, and the downwash from their rotors made our sails go crazy. Me and my wife found them very nice and very friendly. They were just having a good time, they deserve after coming from war.
It was really cool, to see representants of a Nation that is at War (Portugal is helping also but with a small contingent, because we are so small, ehehehe), beeing so kind and friendly.
Today, when half the of World is so pissed off with the USA, I think it is good to see the "might" be so nice and friendly when they visit a foreign Country, helps increase public opinion about the whole mess this war is causing.
Congratulations USA, for being so well represented and for showing how such a destroying power can also be friendly.
Shame the Enterprise is going to be disactivated, can anyone say if its going to be destroyed or made into a museum.
Sorry the photo is not too good!!DSC00016.JPG