Ulithi Atoll Dec 8 1944. TTyymmnn had a post awhile ago that I remembered to look up. The photo is crazy but then the surrounding atoll is even crazier.
29 aircraft carriers
The warships crews were over 100k, let alone transports and supply ships by the dozens, and floating repair docks. For the build up for Okinawa the floating population was over 175K.
“On a weekly basis 4565 sacks of mail, 262,251 pounds of air freight, and 1269 passengers would land on this airstrip.”
“By 13 March there were 647 ships at anchor at Ulithi, and with the arrival of amphibious forces staging for the invasion of Okinawa the number of ships at anchor peaked at 722"
It should be noted that this was when another fleet was already in action off Iwo Jima.