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Atlantic Fleet cruisers steam in column, as they welcome the "Great White Fleet" upon its return to Hampton Roads, Va., at the end of its cruise around the world, Feb. 22, 1909. These cruisers all wear the recently adopted grey paint. Ships at right and center are, in no particular order: USS North Carolina (Armored Cruiser # 12) and USS Montana (Armored Cruiser # 13). The three to the left are, also in no particular order, USS Chester (Scout Cruiser # 1), USS Birmingham (Scout Cruiser # 2) and USS Salem (Scout Cruiser # 3).
Great White Fleet: Naval Presence Around the World
Talk about the Navy’s presence around the world! On Feb. 22, 1909, the “Great White Fleet” arrived in Hampton Roads, Va., after sailing around the world starting Dec. 16, 1907. The 14-month long voyage was a grand pageant of American sea power. 14,000 Sailors manned the squadrons. They covered some 43,000 miles and made 20 port calls on six continents. These photos show the “Great White Fleet’s” arrival.