FRIDAY FOTO: February 3, 2012

February 3, 2012 at 12:08 pm 2 comments

Over the Waves

U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Alan Gragg

Reconnaissance Marines assigned to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) conduct insertion exercises from a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter.  The Marines, carrying diving fins, plunged into the waters of the Arabian Sea after 15-foot motorized rubber raiding craft were launched out the back of two very low-flying helicopters.

The photographer, Navy Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Alan Gragg, told the Marine Corps flickr page that because this helo was so close to the waters’ surface (about 5 feet) he had to underexpose the shot to see through the cloud of spray. (Click here to see another photo illustrating his point).

The 11th MEU is deployed aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island  (LHD-8) as part of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group.  The group, part of U.S. Central Command, is supporting maritime security operations and security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet’s area of responsibility (AOR) in the waters of the Middle East and the Horn of Africa.

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