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.

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).

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).

Yachts and other vessels welcome the “Great White Fleet” upon its arrival in Hampton Roads, Va., Feb. 22, 1909. The large yacht in the right distance is USS Mayflower, which had President Theodore Roosevelt embarked. The steamer on the left, with three masts, is USS Dolphin. She carried members of Congress during the welcoming ceremonies.

Yachts and other vessels welcome the “Great White Fleet” upon its arrival in Hampton Roads, Va., Feb. 22, 1909. The large yacht in the right distance is USS Mayflower, which had President Theodore Roosevelt embarked. The steamer on the left, with three masts, is USS Dolphin. She carried members of Congress during the welcoming ceremonies.

Homecoming of the "Great White Fleet", Hampton Roads, Va., Feb. 22, 1909. Ships and craft welcome the fleet upon its arrival in Hampton Roads. The large yacht dressed with flags, nearest the camera on the right, is USS Mayflower, which had President Theodore Roosevelt embarked.

Homecoming of the “Great White Fleet”, Hampton Roads, Va., Feb. 22, 1909. Ships and craft welcome the fleet upon its arrival in Hampton Roads. The large yacht dressed with flags, nearest the camera on the right, is USS Mayflower, which had President Theodore Roosevelt embarked.

President Theodore Roosevelt tips his hat in salute as he comes aboard the battleship  USS Louisiana (BB19) upon its return from the cruise around the world, Feb. 22, 1909. In return, he is receiving a salute from the ship's officers. There are two Turkish Navy officers (wearing Fez hats) present, in the center of the image.

President Theodore Roosevelt tips his hat in salute as he comes aboard the battleship
USS Louisiana (BB19) upon its return from the cruise around the world, Feb. 22, 1909. In return, he is receiving a salute from the ship’s officers. There are two Turkish Navy officers (wearing Fez hats) present, in the center of the image.