7th-fleet

US Navy Gunner’s Mate Seaman Dakota Kyle Rigsby.

US Navy Yeoman 3rd Class Shingo Alexander Douglass.

US Navy Sonar Technician 3rd Class Ngoc T Truong Huynh.

US Navy Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class Noe Hernandez.

US Navy Fire Controlman 2nd Class Carlosvictor Ganzon Sibayan.

US Navy Personnel Specialist 1st Class Xavier Alec Martin.

US Navy Fire Controlman 1st Class Gary Leo Rehm Jr.

Died 17 JUN 2017 following the collision of the Arleigh-Burke class destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) with the container ship ACX Crystal hailing from the Philippines. The incident remains under investigation.

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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.)

PACIFIC OCEAN (June 6, 2011) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81 maneuvers during an air power demonstration over the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are underway in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Travis K. Mendoza/Released)

One More Post For Ultraman Day

As I leave you for the evening, I wanted to share a few more musical performances I found on Youtube to celebrate this Anniversary of the premiere of Ultraman 51 years ago on July 10, 1966.

First up is the US Navy 7th Fleet Band performing the theme to Ultraseven:

Next is Ultraman himself conducting an orchestra playing his themesong:

Ultraseven gets a bit of that Orchestral action as well:

Lastly,  Kagaku Tokusoutai does a live performance of the theme to The Return of Ultraman:

Have a great night and see you tomorrow.  The night is falling and Ultraman Day ends but as long as there is Justice in the Universe, Ultraman will always rise again!

The headline shocked the close-knit world of the surface Navy: Seven sailors aboard the destroyer USS Fitzgerald were killed, and other crew members injured, when the warship collided with a cargo vessel off Japan.

As the Navy family grieves, both it and the wider world are asking the same question: How did this happen?

The short answer is that no one knows — yet. Official inquiries into what led up to the encounter could take months or more. The Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard both likely will eventually issue reports that describe what happened and could make recommendations for preventing another such accident.

“I will not speculate on how long these investigations will last,” said Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, commander of the Navy’s 7th Fleet. The Fitzgerald and the other ships of Destroyer Squadron 15, based outside Tokyo, fall under his authority.

There are clues, however, that explain how something like the Fitzgerald’s collision could happen, including photographs of the ships involved, navigation data about the container ship ACX Crystal and the experience the Navy has had with past mishaps.

How Could The Navy Destroyer Collision Happen?

Photo: MC1 Peter Burghart/U.S. Navy

SOUTH CHINA SEA (Feb. 12, 2017) The littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) transits the South China Sea. The ship is a fast and agile warship tailor-made to patrol the region’s littorals and work hull-to-hull with partner navies, providing the U.S. 7th Fleet with the flexible capabilities it needs now and in the future.

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)

PACIFIC OCEAN (May 21, 2008) A Marine AH-1A Super Cobra fast-attack helicopter passes by the amphibious assault ship USS Tarawa (LHA 1) during sunset over the Pacific Ocean. Tarawa is on a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility operating in the western Pacific and Indian oceans. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Daniel A. Barker/Released)

USS George Washington, a nuclear-powered 97,000-ton aircraft carrier of the U.S. 7th fleet, arrives at a navy port of South Korea in Busan, about 420 km (262 miles) southeast of Seoul June 27, 2012.

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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.)

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)

EAST CHINA SEA (March 16, 2008) Capt. Michael Manazir, commanding officer of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), performs a high speed fly-by in an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the “Tophatters” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 14, before making his career 1,000th trap. The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed with the U.S. 7th Fleet operating in the western Pacific and Indian oceans. The 7th Fleet is the largest of the forward-deployed fleets with approximately 50 ships, 120 aircraft and 20,000 Sailors and Marines assigned at any given time. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman John Wagner (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)

PACIFIC OCEAN (April 20, 2013) An EA-6B Prowler from the Wizards of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 133 and an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Tophatters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 14 perform a refueling exercise during an air power demonstration aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group is returning from an eight-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jose L. Hernandez/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)