I remember the first time I got to Norfolk as a boot landing at the airport. I took a taxi to Norfolk Naval Base and was let off in front of AF 56. It was night time and the ship looked huge riding high in the water. It was berthed at Pier 4.  I lugged my sea bag up the gangway and asked permission to come aboard. Granted. The duty Master of Arms brought me down into berthing and gave me a rack for the night. Most of the crew was at a ships party. This was now my ship.
 

Submitted by John Train EM2