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Evening Quickie #soldierporn: The great cloud-continents of sunset seas.

A Sailor signals an AH-1Z Viper helicopter, attached to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 163 (Reinforced), to land aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) and salutes the pilot as the aircraft lifts off again. Makin Island, the flagship of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, is on a deployment with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit to promote peace and freedom of the seas by providing security and stability in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. 

(U.S. Navy photos by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Lindahl, 4 FEB 2015. Title from sonnet by Thomas Bailey Aldrich.)

It would be an understatement to say the U.S. Navy has some crackshot photographers! Pretty much nailed this one …

WATERS NEAR GUAM (June 8, 2015) Capt. William Koyama, commander of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, prepares to make an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) in an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Dambusters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195, after completing his 4000th flight hour. George Washington and its embarked air wing, CVW 5, are on patrol in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. George Washington will conduct a hull-swap with the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) later this year after serving seven years as the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier in Yokosuka, Japan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Bryan Mai/Released)

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.)

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It’s Battleship, the board’s just bigger.

The Nimitz-class aircraft carriers USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) conduct dual aircraft carrier strike group operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. The operations mark the U.S. Navy’s continued presence throughout the area of responsibility. 

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jake Greenberg, 18 JUN 2016. Philippine Sea.)

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)

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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)

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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. 

A Naval Aircrewman awaits takeoff on an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 aboard the   amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). Bonhomme Richard is the lead ship of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and, along with the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU), is underway in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kevin V. Cunningham (Released)  

PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 21, 2009) The aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) transits through the Pacific Ocean with Mt. Fuji in the background. George Washington, the Navy’s only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier, is underway supporting security and stability in the western Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Adam K. Thomas/Released)

An air department Sailor directs an F/A-18 Super Hornet from the Sunliners of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81 aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17, are deployed to the 7th Fleet area of operations supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner, Jr./Released)