Archive for February 24, 2012
The (Thai) Marines Have Landed
Royal Thai Marines exit an amphibious assault vehicle (AAV) and begin securing a beach during exercise Cobra Gold 2012 in Hat Yao, Thailand. U.S., South Korean and Thai troops took part in the massive exercise. 4GWAR will have more on Cobra Gold — the oldest U.S. joint military exercise in the Asia-Pacific region — over the weekend.
“I Was Misinformed”
U.S. Navy Lt. Scott Pennoyer, (right), reads Petty Officer 2nd Class Geoff Shepelew the oath of enlistment. As you’ve probably noticed, there’s something different about this photo since both men are underwater. They are both assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 2, Navy explosives experts who are also trained divers and parachutists.
It was Sheplew’s choice to re-enlist beneath the surface of the Gulf of Tadjourna. The Defense Department has presented similar photos in the past.
But what caught our eye is the location: off the coast of Moucha Island, Djibouti. Normally the photos that come out of Djibouti, home to Camp Lemonier the only U.S. base in Africa, look more like this …
The juxtaposition reminds us of the line in the iconic 1942 Humphrey Bogart film Casablanca, when Bogey’s character tells the local police chief he came to Casablanca for the waters.
“The waters? What waters? We’re in the desert!” the policeman blurts out.
“I was misinformed,” Bogey deadpans.
Guess we were misinformed about Djibouti. There’s more to it than desert.
By the Way, 2012 marks the 70th anniversary of the release of Casblanca, which won the Best Picture Academy Award in 1943.