The last day we were in San Diego, we went to visit Gabriel's new ship - the George Washington. The GW has been stationed in Japan for the last eight years and is back in San Diego preparing to make the trip around South America to Norfolk for refueling and updating. Gabriel will be making the trip starting in a few weeks.
This picture was an attempt at showing how long the passageways are; I think it only shows about 25% however.
This is as close as we were allowed to Gabriel's workspace; I love how all the signs are also in Japanese.
This is Gabriel's previous ship, the Ronald Reagan. It is right across the pier at this point. It's amazing how different it is visiting ships now than when JD was stationed on them before the Cole bombing. There are metal barriors out in the water around the ships that would stop small boats from being able to approach. They also have guards on the flight deck at all times with machine guns. We even went through metal detectors to board the GW.
It really is phenomenal how America launches and lands planes on flight decks; the only other counties with that technology is the ones that we have shared it with.
Elijah driving on the bridge -
I came home to progress on the garage. Today there is much more - roofing and windows are going in.