On March 10th, 2015 I left Oceanside headed to San Diego for my first visit aboard the USS Midway; my first on any military vessel–and I was excited! The 55 minute train ride was nice, so much easier than driving. *If ever travelling in southern California I recommend taking advantage of the train and trolleys in the area, you’ll arrive at your destination stress free; navigating the shoestring freeways along with every other S. Californian commuter can be a white knuckle experience if you don’t drive in these conditions regularly. Read more
The best words a CO could ever say are, “Folks, let’s go home.”
Much has been written about the new war epic “American Sniper,” but many of the most talked-about perspectives have come from actors, politicians, and film critics who have an outsider’s perspective on war.
Iraq war veteran Paul Rieckhoff wrote about the controversy surrounding the film in Variety, explaining his views on the movie and how it reconciled with what he saw when he led an infantry platoon in Baghdad. Read more
Overhead bow view of USS Hornet (CV-12) underway on 19 December 1943, leaving Norfolk Navy Yard, beginning her shakedown period.
Image found on navsource.org/archives
When I hauled myself aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Barry, one of the first things I was shown was the ship’s 5-inch, 127mm gun.
“This is how the Barry pays its bills,” the ensign showing me around said.
What she meant was that even though the Barry carries an array of missiles including Tomahawks, SM-2s, and SM-3s, among others, the 5-inch is the weapon of choice when engaging any surface, air, or shore targets. Read more
Nimitz Class Aircraft Carrier
Besides the word ‘sequester,’ perhaps the second most uttered word at the Reagan National Defense Forum over the weekend was ‘O’Neill,’ as in Rob O’Neill, the Navy SEAL who recently claimed to have fired the shot that killed Osama Bin Laden.
In a panel on valor and heroism, Medal of Honor recipient Sal Giunta was asked about O’Neill and other members of SEAL Team 6 who have spoken openly about the kill shot heard ’round the world. Read more
I about hit the roof when I saw this footage of, what looks to me like a failed kidnapping attempt and assault on American Sailors. In the past Turkey has been a relatively friendly port of call for our Navy. (This is more proof of the radical changes taking place world-wide). I’ve had doubts about their loyalty and agenda on ISIS and their resent acts [or lack of] in the fight against the Islamic State. This video made it clear to me–and maybe I’m placing judgment unfairly but–I no longer consider them an ally of NATO.
Three US sailors from the USS Ross were attacked in Istanbul today by radical Turks belonging to the Youth Union of Turkey TGB, an extreme leftist organization. Read more
Marines with the Maritime Raid Force, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, load into an MH-60S Seahawk helicopter on the flight deck of the USS Iwo Jima, Oct. 31, 2014. The MRF conducted fast-rope training using aviation support… from Sea Combat Squadron 28. The 24th MEU is participating in exercise Bold Alligator, an exercise intended to improve Navy and Marine Corps amphibious core competencies.
(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Todd F. Michalek) — with Franklin Nicolas Beltran SanMartin and 3 others.
US Navy: Under Construction
The following video shows what approaching, landing and parking onboard a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier looks like from the cockpit of a C-2 Greyhound COD (Carrier Onboard Delivery) plane.
The interesting footage was filmed with a GoPro camera by Tailhook Production’s Matthew Clements aboard “ROMEO-G0LF03″, a C-2A Greyhound from VRC-40 Detachment 4 (IV) assigned to Carrier Air Wing 3 (CVW-3).
The aircraft performed a TRAP landing onboard the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) which was underway in the Mediterranean Sea towards Suez.
via: The Aviationist
This my favorite military [#USNavy] video tribute (There’s a widget on my sidebar). If you’d like to get your blood pumping on this Friday afternoon, watch this video. Hell Yeah!