Savannah – After I woke up this morning, I was surprised to notice on Twitter via WSAV that the USS McFaul (DDG-74), an Arleigh Burke class Aegis Destroyer would be coming in to port in Savannah this morning for St. Patrick’s Day. I quickly changed my plans for the day, grabbed some breakfast, and headed out to Fort Pulaski to catch her arrival. I read that there was going to be a salute given at Fort Jackson, but I figured there would be less fuss at Fort Pulaski.
Unfortunately, the gate to Fort Pulaski didn’t open in time to catch the McFaul’s arrival. I could see her mast over the trees of Cockspur Island and the US 80 side of the Bridge was not going to be the place to get good photos. I jumped in the car and quickly made my way to Fort Jackson, where I discovered there wasn’t a large number of people nor was there any kind of organized ceremony; there was just a lone re-enactor and a cannon to fire the salute along with a handful of folks who, like me, were there to see the ship. I’m glad I went to Fort Jackson because I was able to get a series of photos as the re-enactor fired the salute and was close enough to hear the crew piped to attention over the 1-MC as they approached the fort. I also got some photos as a tugboat joined up with Destroyer to make it’s way into port.
I had the Uniden BCD436HP with me and listened to the McFaul‘s arrival as well. Unlike the last time I watched a US Navy ship’s arrival in Savannah, there wasn’t a USCG escort into port, which somewhat surprised me. Unlike many US Navy ships that use “WARSHIP ##” on Marine VHF when they come into port, I liked that the McFaul was identifying as “USS McFaul” on Marine VHF 13 and 16 this morning with vessels they were passing on the river.
It was an unplanned but wonderful morning. I thoroughly enjoyed getting out to Fort Pulaski and Fort Jackson and taking some nature photos and some ship photos. This time I was at home in Savannah to catch a US Navy vessel as it came into port!
I'm an Amateur Radio Operator, Radio Monitoring enthusiast, Motor Sports fan, and Blogger. Most of my amateur radio activity is voice because I mostly operate from a mobile station (listen out for me operating from Jekyll Island, IOTA NA-058). On the radio monitoring side of things, I enjoy listening to military aviation, Fire/EMS, and USCG/Federal comms. I'm a sports car/touring/GT, Formula 1, and IndyCar racing fan who's become disenchanted with NASCAR racing.
Due to my job, I split time between Savannah and Brunswick, GA
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