On base there had been 12 piers, the carriers tied up at pier 12. Many times Sherry and the boys waved good bye and welcome home standing on that pier. WOW now there are 14 piers adding two more Aircraft carriers. When I was aboard only one carrier was allowed tied up at one time. One had to be at sea for readiness reasons.
We were amazed Three carriers were in port. Presently 6 carriers are home-ported in Norfolk. All Nuclear Ships, no need for refueling at sea anymore. Amazing what a short 50 years brings about. Of course we only recognized the Pier area the rest has went through major changes like your own home town in the past 50 years.