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Big Boat, Big Mission.
An MH60-S Sea Hawk helicopter takes off from the amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) as part of at-sea training. Anchorage participated in the first Exploration Flight Test (EFT-1) for the NASA Orion program. As you can see from the photo below, the training paid off.
EFT-1 is the fifth at-sea testing of the Orion crew module using a Navy ship’s well deck (the garage-like opening in the Anchorage’s stern) for recovery of the spacecraft that someday will take humans to Mars. The Sea Hawk is assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8.
Please click on the photos to enlarge the image. And before we start getting mail from all the Navy types out there: Yes, we know the Anchorage is a “ship” not a “boat.” Your 4GWAR editor was just exercising a little “alliterative license” in this post’s headline.
U.S. Marines retrieve their fins and weight belts from the bottom of a 13-foot pool during a diver course on Camp Schwab in Japan, Nov. 18, 2014. This training prepares Marines for the Marine Corps Combatant Diver Course. an incredibly demanding program based at the Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center in Panama City, Florida.
These Marines are assigned to the 3rd Marine Division’s 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force.
An Army Green Beret has his parachute harness inspected by a jumpmaster before conducting a night jump on Eglin Air Base, Florida on November 4, 2014.
As we’ve said in recent weeks, it isn’t often we get to see Special Operations Forces training up close and personal. And you can click here to see all the photos of this training scenario. There are other, more informative photos on the Defense Department website, but we’ve decided to focus this week on the photo above. It’s subject matter isn’t all that unusual: men in work clothes performing a task in the dying light of sunset. But it captures the light between sunset and dusk. It reminds us of paintings by the Dutch masters or Frederic Remington that sought to convey what the light was like at that time.
But these men are going to jump out of a large helicopter at night, in Alaska, in winter. Tough stuff.
The Green Berets are assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group, Airborne, and jumped from a CH-47 Chinook helicopter with combat equipment to maintain proficiency in airborne operations.
Light up the Night.
U.S. Marines fire at fixed targets from Light Armored Vehicles (LAV-25s) during training in D’Arta Plage, Djibouti in East Africa. Note that despite the bright light thrown off by tracer bullets, you can still see the stars in the sky if you click on the photo to enlarge it.
They were participating in a combined arms engagement range during sustainment training. The 11th MEU is deployed as a reserve and crisis response force throughout U.S. Central Command and the 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
We created today’s Friday Foto in the wee hours after midnight, but apparently we neglected to click the all important PUBLISH button after editing this post.
We apologize for the error — and the delay in discovering it until a few minutes ago.
Have (Big) Gun Will Travel.
Combined Resolve III, a multinational exercise on the Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels training areas, includes more than 4,000 participants from NATO and partner nations. The soldiers in this photo are assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division’s 1st Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team. (Phew, that’s a mouthful.)
The Paladin, by the way is not a tank but a self-propelled 155-millimeter cannon, called a howitzer. It comes with its own defensive weapons like the machine gun atop the turret. First manufactured in 1962 to fight potential Cold War battles, the Paladin has been upgraded several times since then, including a $141.8 million contract to modify 18 Paladins and their companion tracked ammunition carrier, the M992A3, (see photo below) according to Defense Industry Daily.
To see more photos of the Combined Resolve III exercise, including Moldovan and Albanian troops, click here.
If you don’t know the significance of the headline accompanying today’s FRIFO, click here.
U.S. Marine Corps and Royal Air Force helicopters fly in formation after departing Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, Monday (October 27, 2014). The Marine Corps ended operations in Helmand province and transferred their base, Camp Leatherneck, to the Afghan National Army ANA). The smaller adjacent British base, Camp Bastion, was also turned over to the ANA.
Earlier, the Marines ended their 13-year mission in Helmand, where 378 Marines were killed and nearly 5,000 wounded in fighting that peaked four years ago, according to the Associated Press.
Autumn at Sea.
It’s Halloween, but instead of some scary ghosts or skeletons we thought we’d show you a beautiful pumpkin-colored sky at sea.
This Navy photo shows the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN77) as it transits the Gulf Aden. The Bush Carrier Strike Group is heading back to Naval Station Norfolk after supporting maritime security operations and carrier-based airstrikes in Iraq and Syria against the ultra radical Islamist extremist group known alternately as the Islamic State, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The Pentagon Calls it Operation Inherent Resolve.