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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.)

Why Rebels fans should read the new Thrawn novel

Alright, so I finally finished the book and let me tell you what. I have loved the previous Star Wars books I’ve read (Thrawn Trilogy, Catalyst, A New Dawn, parts of Tarkin) and I have to say - I think Thrawn was my favorite out of all of them.

Not only does our favorite Chiss retain elements from the trilogy and Rebels, but we also see his famous rise through Imperial ranks. Zahn also incorporates two other points of view into the novel - that of Eli Vanto (a great character, and for now it seems a substitute for Captain Pealleon) and Arihnda Pryce, governor of Lothal in the Rebels cartoon.

Though I knew she would show up, I was not expecting the amount of involvement she would have in the activities of the books. So here I go:

Why should Rebels fans read Thrawn?

[MINOR SPOILER ALERTS]

- SO MANY of the books elements make it into the show (and vice versa)
—For instance
—remember Pryce’s and Sabine’s scuffle?
—well we get to see how and why she decided to take self defense
—remember Thrawn’s dark trooper spars?
—we see him go against a dojo master, and she complements him on the style
—remember how farmers complained about land being secured on Lothal?
—we see why this is occurring and Pryce’s point of view on the subject

-Characters and Cameos from Rebels!
—Admiral Konstantine name drop, along with the 7th fleet. Also…. a little bit of the Ghost crew. Known as “Lothal’s insurgents….”
—Minister Tua Cameo!!!!!
—Grand Moff Tarkin
—Skystrike Academy
—Wookies, anyone?
—Anakin Skywalker name drop (more times than I would have first thought)
—and more I’m probably not remembering

—(SW show voice) And much, much more!
-Why Thrawn is here doing what he is doing
-ArT
-Eli Vanto is too good for this world
-really he needs a cameo in Rebels
-please Dave I’m serious
-Pryce’s social life
-Pryce’s life before the Empire
-Pryce’s life in general
-Lothal social life
-Lothal teenagers doing stupid teenager things
-Where Was Pryce During Season One And Two™
-Where Was Thrawn During Season One And Two™

If anyone wants to add to this, please do! I’ll probably read this in more detail later and make a more detailed post as I go.

So - go read it!

An AV-8B Harrier, assigned to the Ridge Runners of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 163 (Reinforced), takes off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8). The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group and 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit are returning to southern California from a seven-month deployment to the U.S. 3rd, 5th and 7th Fleet areas of operation. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Devin M. Langer)

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)

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) transits the Philippine Sea during a bilateral exercise with the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force. The ship and it’s carrier strike group are operating as part of the U.S. 7th Fleet under the U.S. 3rd Fleet Forward operating concept, which provides additional options to the Pacific Fleet commander and leverages the capabilities of both 3rd and 7th Fleets. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Z.A. Landers/Released)

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)

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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.)

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Endless blue.

A combined formation of aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 pass in formation above the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). The formation included F/A-18 Hornets from the “Black Aces” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 41, the “Diamondbacks” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102, the “Eagles” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115, the “Royal Maces” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27, the “Vigilantes” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 151, and the “Warhawks” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 97. 

The Nimitz-class aircraft carriers USS John C. Stennis 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 photos by Lt. Steve Smith, 18 JUN 2016.)

Navy rescue swimmer Mark Podzon jumps from a SH-3H Sea King helicopter into the Flores Sea in Indonesia during a man overboard drill conducted by the USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) on Feb. 14, 2000. Podzon is an Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class attached to Helicopter Anti-Submarine Light Squadron 51, deployed to the Blue Ridge from Naval Air Facility, Atsugi, Japan. The Blue Ridge is en route to the Persian Gulf where it will join Operation Southern Watch. DoD photo by Airman Kurt Eischen, U.S. Navy.