Archive for August 26, 2011
Prepare to Board
Sailors assigned to the amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18) operate a rigid-hull inflatable boat during a practice mission with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit Maritime Raid Force in the Pacific Ocean on Aug. 12, 2011. The New Orleans is a San Antonio class amphibious assault ship that carries Marines and their equipment to and from operational areas. The New Orleans and the Marines aboard her are conducting pre-deployment work-ups as part of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group.
For those who care about such things, note (when you click on the photo to enlarge the image) that the sailor piloting this fast maneuver boat appears to be a woman. Also note the sailor or Marine readying the metal boarding ladder.
Editor’s Note: Some readers have questioned how a boat can be both inflatable AND rigid-hulled. The answer is that the hull is rigid, usually made of aluminum, wood or a composite material but the inflatable, flexible tubes around the gunwale (or side) keep the boat stable, even if it takes on a large amount of water. See further explanations here and here.
Red Sky at Night
A Republic of Singapore Air Force F-15SG Strike Eagle jet fighter sits on the flight line at Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho, Aug. 15, 2011. A fire near the base shut down flying operations. Personnel were evacuated from flight line buildings as the fire approached. The F-15SG is a variant of the F-15E chosen by Singapore in 2005. Six of the aircraft are based at Mountain Home as part of a long-term training detachment for Singaporean pilots.
If you click on the photo to enlarge the image, you can see the Lion’s head roundel of the Singapore Air Force just below the cockpit. Singapore means Lion City in Malay, one of the four official languages of the island city-state. English, Chinese and Tamil and the other three.