Sailors carry a man from an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Red Lions of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 15 aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson after completing a rescue-at-sea mission.

Do you want to save pilots of downed aircraft, people aboard stranded or capsized vessels at sea, or even hikers and mountain climbers in danger on land? That’s the duty of a Navy Aviation Rescue Swimmer.

Finally Saw Act Of Valor..

This movie reassured me of why I joined the Navy and I can’t wait to get to the fleet and start my life as a Rescue Swimmer.

“When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.” - Chief Tecumseh


“So others may live.”


Here is your military history for today. Enjoy!

When a Marine goes through reconnaissance training, he is issued his rifle, (knife), fins and his diving mask,“ said Carr. "The other thing he receives is his paddle. (A Marine) carries his paddle with him throughout his training, on hikes, in the water and in physical training. The paddle becomes worn and scarred as the Marine does throughout the process of training.”

Observing the tradition that reconnaissance Marines know as the paddle party is reserved for when a fellow reconnaissance Marine leaves active duty or is killed in action.
The Marines take the paddle of the Marine leaving and sand it down. They polish it up and decorate it with a variety of adornments, representing that particular Marine’s service as well as the history of the reconnaissance Marines. Afterward, the Marines who made the paddle will present the paddle to the Marine being awarded or to his family.

The paddle itself represents the amphibious tradition of the Marine Corps. Parachute cord is wrapped around the paddle, representing parachute and free fall operations. The color of the cord chosen illustrates the significant parts of the recipients career. The large task of making the paddle embodies the difficult task of becoming a reconnaissance Marine.


As you probably guessed, training to become an Aviation Rescue Swimmer is difficult. But what makes it tough? Chief David Natiola has answers.

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