Friday, June 1, 2012
1954 Destroyer Piers Naval Station Norfolk
This picture was taken during a period of the Cold War that policy makers referred to as "maximum danger." Though an armistice had ended active combat operations in the Korean War, several other conflicts around the world were beginning to flare up, which required the U.S. Navy’s presence. Though many planned for global war to be fought with aircraft carriers and nuclear weapons, this picture demonstrates that smaller combatants still had a role.