aviation boatswain mate

PACIFIC OCEAN (April 21, 2017) Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Morgan Jackson, from Los Angeles, signals for an AV-8B Harrier, assigned to the Ridge Runners of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 163 (Reinforced), to take off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8). Makin Island, the flagship for the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, with the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, is operating in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region to enhance amphibious capability with regional partners and to serve as a ready-response force for any type of contingency. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Devin M. Langer)

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Airman Paul Clark signals an MV-22 Osprey assigned to Marine Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 161 from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6).

“U.S. Navy Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat fighters of fighter squadron VF-5, Carrier Air Group Five (CVG-5), are readied for a strike against Marcus Island aboard the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown(CV-10) on 31 August 1943. The “00” identifies this aircraft as the Hellcat of the Air Group Commander (CAG) of CVG-5, LtCdr. Jimmy Flatley. The F6F is painted in the new tricolor-scheme (certainly an “in the field” application). An Aviation Boatswain Mate stands ready to remove the chock from the wheels. A non-specular insignia white diagonal stripe on the tail and the green propeller hub identified CVG-5 aboard the Yorktown.”

(US Navy Photo)