FRIDAY FOTO (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.
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