marine warfare


Warrior Culture : UNSC

Subculture : ODST

Orbital Drop Shock Troopers are UNSC Marine Special Forces. They specialize in being rocketed from naval ships behind enemy lines where they carry out guerilla, sabotage, and other special operations missions. With their unique delivery options they are able to target and attack areas that other units, even the famed Spartans might not be able to reach. Beyond that each ODST Marine is recruited from a previous Special Forces unit, making ODST Marines the best of the best. And unlike their famed Spartan brothers, these troopers while infamous are entirely human.

Those were the days….

SOUTH CHINA SEA (April 12, 2017) U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Midshipman Robbie Hazen, temporarily assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG 63), uses a pelorus as part of navigational training on the bridge.

                                           USS Stethem (DDG 63)

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The moment I saw this photo, a torrent of great old memories came flooding into my consciousness….for a good reminiscing session inside my head!

This was me 40 years ago….spending every waking moment working, studying, practicing….as I learned the art of seamanship, the art of leadership, and the qualities necessary for one to succeed as a Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy.

Those were days to always remember!


>>Photo: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan Harper, USN


S.M.S. Derfflinger was a battlecruiser of the Kaiserliche Marine in the outbreak of the world war one.

Derfflinger was part of the I Scouting Group for most of World War I, and was involved in several fleet actions during the war. She took part in the bombardments of English coastal towns, as well as the Battles of Dogger Bank and Jutland, where her stubborn resistance led to the British nicknaming her “Iron Dog”. The ship was partially responsible for the sinking of two British battlecruisers at Jutland; Derfflinger and Seydlitz destroyed Queen Mary, and Lützow assisted her elder sister in the sinking of Invincible. Derfflinger was interned with the rest of the High Seas fleet at Scapa Flow following the armistice in November 1918. Under the orders of Rear Admiral Ludwig von Reuter, the interned ships were scuttled on 21 June 1919; Derfflinger sank at 14:45.