Not-so-fair winds at farewell

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The temperature would rise to near 60 in Hampton Roads Tuesday, but winds gusting to 37 mph made it feel 45ish — and it always feels colder down at the Naval Station Norfolk waterfront, where the frigate Nicholas left around 10 a.m.

How windy was it? The line handlers had to go hatless:

Line handlers aboard the frigate Nicholas pull up the mooring lines as the ship prepared to depart Naval Station Norfolk for a regularly scheduled deployment to South America. // U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kayla Jo Finley

The chop also made for a tricky getaway:

A tugboat assists the frigate Nicholas as it departs Naval Station Norfolk Tuesday. // U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kayla Jo Finley

And off they went:

Family members watch as the frigate Nicholas heads out to sea. // U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kayla Jo Finley

Nicholas will be joining other U.S. and partner-nation ships in support of Navy Maritime Interception Operations, according to Naval Surface Force Atlantic.

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  1. Nice picture of 5 young Navy sailors handing one of the lines of that small frigate. Hope the Navy knows what it’s doing putting a crew size of 140 sailors onboard the 15,000 ton DDG-1000.

    Perhaps USS ZUMWALT will only get underway on calm days ?

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