Spending Thanksgiving with the U.S. Navy

Posted at 5:00 AM, Nov 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-23 05:02:26-05

NORFOLK, Va. - This Thanksgiving, the United States Navy will have 43 ships deployed -- 16 from right here in Norfolk.

navy-thanksgivingDuring the holidays, there are 73,700 Sailors serving both at sea and overseas.

Although they are away from their families, they do get to celebrate Thanksgiving together.

On the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, there will be 4,950 pounds of turkey. That's enough to serve 11,709 Sailors!

What else is on the menu:

  • 1,050 pounds of ham
  • 1,200 pounds of beef tenderloin
  • 648 pounds of shrimp cocktail
  • 7,000 portions of mashed potatoes
  • 400 pies
  • 200 cheesecakes