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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.)

U.S. Marines and Sailors with Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment (BLT 1/6), 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), simulate launching a heavy package aviation raid with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 264 (Reinforced), 22nd MEU, from the USS Wasp (LHD 1). The 22nd MEU and Amphibious Squadron Six (PHIBRON-6) are underway for PHIBRON/MEU Integration Training. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Ryan G. Coleman/Released)

An AV-8B Harrier attached to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 163 (Reinforced) launches across the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8).

U.S. Marines and Sailors with Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment (BLT 1/6), 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), simulate launching a heavy package aviation raid with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 264 (Reinforced), 22nd MEU, from the USS Wasp (LHD 1). The 22nd MEU and Amphibious Squadron Six (PHIBRON-6) are underway for PHIBRON/MEU Integration Training. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Ryan G. Coleman/Released)

U.S. 5th FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Sept. 24, 2013) An MV-22B Osprey assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266 (Reinforced), 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU), lands on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). The 26th MEU is deployed aboard the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group serving as a sea-based, expeditionary crisis response force capable of conducting amphibious operations across the full range of military operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Christopher Q. Stone/Released)

FAREWELL GOOD KNIGHT

Four US Marine Corps CH-46E Sea Knights perform a final air show appearance during a Marine Air-Ground Task Force demonstration at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California. The helicopters are from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 364 (HMM-364) ‘Purple Foxes’, was re-designated four days later as Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 364 (VMM-364) as part of its transition to the MV-22B Osprey. US Marine Corps/Lance Cpl Trever Statz

“Viper in the Night”

U.S. Marines perform maintenance checks on an AH-1Z Viper with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 161 (Reinforced), 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, aboard the USS Anchorage (LPD 23) during Amphibious Squadron/Marine Expeditionary Unit Integration Training (PMINT) off the coast of San Diego March 2, 2015.

Photo: Sgt. Jamean Berry/DoD via USMC Flickr

A Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier jet with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, lands during flight operations aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard

Light Show

An AV-8B Harrier with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 161 (Reinforced), 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, prepares to take-off aboard the USS Essex (LHD 2) during Amphibious Squadron/Marine Expeditionary Unit Integration Training (PMINT) off the coast of San Diego Feb. 24, 2015.

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Emmanuel Ramos/Released)

Reconnaissance Marines with Maritime Raid Force, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, fast-rope to the deck of the USNS Rappahannock (T-AO-204) from a UH-1Y Huey belonging to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron, 31st MEU, during a visit, board, search and seizure training exercise.

Sailors and Marines prepare to launch MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 262 (Reinforced) from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6).