I recently saw a photo of the USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67, formerly CVA-67) coming into the pier in Malta and was reminded of an instance on the USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63). Incidentally, the J.F.K. is the last of the Kitty Hawk class of carriers and the last of the conventionally-powered (i.e. oil-fired) carriers.
Notice all of the tugboats. Two of those are probably 1,000 HP, and two are likely 2,000 HP, each. It is a very delicate operation to ease the ship into the pier (not dock!).
I was the “tugtalker” on the USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63). A civilian harbor pilot takes over the ship when it enters the harbor from the breakwater and he controls all of the tugboats, through the bridge officer acting as the tugtalker with radio comms directly to all tugs. The Pilot issues the commands which I would then relay.
The Pilot was on the bridge with me, the Captain of course, and the rest of the bridge crew. The bridge is way high off the water, by the way, and we were looking straight down on the camels and the pier.
We were moving sideways inch by inch with a strong onshore breeze and the tugs were backing down, holding us back lest we come in too fast and hard. The hull of the ‘Hawk contacted the camels and although the ship was not moving enough to even detect the motion, it kept easing in against the camels and the Pilot was issuing orders for the tugs to back down even harder. Nevertheless, we kept coming in, imperceptibly.