140610-N-TG831-138 by U.S. Pacific Fleet on Flickr.

PHILIPPINE SEA (June 10, 2014) A SA-330 Puma helicopter assigned to the Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE-14) lands on the flight deck of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 100) during a replenishment-at-sea. Kidd is currently on patrol with the George Washington Carrier Strike Group in support of regional security and stability in the Indo-Asia Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Declan Barnes/Released

Evening Quickie #soldierporn: The sky, at sunset, looked like a carnivorous flower.

An F/A-18 Super Hornet from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, embarked aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) flies over Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54). Antietam is on patrol with the George Washington Carrier Strike Group in the 7th Fleet area of operations in support of stability and security in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman David Flewellyn, 16 OCT 2014. Tagline quote Roberto Bolaño2666)

090429-N-7280V-376.JPG by Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
PACIFIC OCEAN (April 29, 2009) –Aviation Warfare Systems Operator-Helicopter 2nd Class Alan S. Tenbroeck gets ready for flight quarters as INS Ranvir (DDG 54), USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), and JDS Kurama (DDH 144) pull alongside amphibious command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) during Exercise Malabar 2009. The Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) and U.S. Navy are participating in Malabar, an annual exercise led by the Indian Navy. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Daniel Viramontes/Released)


Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 163 (Reinforced), 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, execute a tail gun shoot as part of their WESTPAC 14-2 deployment, in the 7th Fleet area of operations. 

Evening Quickie #soldierporn: Paint it black.

A sailor aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Chosin (CG-65) observes a fireworks display for the International Fleet Review. Chosin is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility conducting exercises, port visits and operations to enhance maritime partnerships and promote peace and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

(U.S. Navy photo by Ensign Peter Walz, 5 OCT 2013.)

SOUTH CHINA SEA (March 11, 2011): USS Blue Ridge Sailors move supplies to support relief efforts in Japan following earthquake.
An all hands effort. The sailor on the left is a hull technician; the one on the right is a yeoman (admin staff). The helos in the background are wearing the colors of HSL-51, the Admiral’s VIP transports pressed into service to carry humanitarian supplies.
(Via US Navy on Flickr)

An SH-60B Seahawk helicopter flies channel guard for the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) as it passes through the Leyte Gulf on April 15, 2001. The Seahawk is attached to Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 14, Atsugi Naval Air Facility, Japan. The Kitty Hawk is deployed from Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan. DoD photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Alex C. Witte, U.S. Navy. (Released)

Indian Seahawk. 

An HH-60H Seahawk assigned to the Indians of Helicopter Anti-submarine 6, lands aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz. Nimitz deployed with the U.S. 7th Fleet operating in the western Pacific and Indian oceans.

(Photo by Petty Officer First Class David Mercil, 24 March 2008 via DVIDS.)

[US Navy’s version, the Seahawk. One of the first ways I delineate between different, very similar models of aircraft is coloration–each branch has their own scheme, and when all else fails it’s the easiest way to differentiate.

Not sure what that is protruding from the front–given that this is an Anti-submarine aircraft, it’s a safe bet that’s penetrating radar of some kind. Anyone? -R]