A CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter prepares to take off from the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer in the Pacific Ocean, Sept. 6, 2013. The Boxer is deployed in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts as part of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group.
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 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.)
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)
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)
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 Bolaño, 2666)
PACIFIC OCEAN (May 4, 2012) The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) is underway in the Pacific Ocean. Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans/Released)
The sun sets behind the USS Germantown in Okinawa, Japan, June 24, 2013. The Germantown is part of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group and will be participating in routine joint force operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.
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)
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.)
A U.S. Navy LTV A-7E Corsair II aircraft (BuNo 157495) of attack squadron VA-56 Champions bursts into flames after a ramp strike on the aircraft carrier USS Midway (CV-41), on 21 August 1984. The Pilot was killed. In the foreground is a Grumman E-2B Hawkeye of airborne early warning squadron VAW-115 Liberty Bells.