Photo #: 80-G-411120
Pearl Harbor, Oahu, Hawaii
Aerial photograph from 2500 feet altitude, looking southward, showing the U.S. Fleet moored in the harbor on 3 May 1940. This was soon after the conclusion of Fleet Problem XXI and four days before word was received that the Fleet was to be retained in Hawaiian waters.
There are eight battleships and the carrier Yorktown (CV-5) tied up by Ford Island, in the center of the harbor. Two more battleships and many cruisers, destroyers and other Navy ships also present, most of them moored in groups in East Loch, in the foreground. A few of the destroyers are wearing experimental dark camouflage paint.
In the distance, center, is Hickam Army Air Field. The Pearl Harbor entrance channel is in the right distance.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.
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5 October 2000