FRIDAY FOTO (January 31, 2014)

January 31, 2014 at 12:39 am 1 comment

Ready for “Harm’s Way”

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michelle L. Turner)

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michelle L. Turner)

“I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast; for I intend to go in harm’s way.”

–John Paul Jones

Today U.S. sailors take vessels like this riverine command boat (RCB) into harm’s way. Sailors assigned to Task Group 56.7.4 cross the Arabian Gulf in an RCB during a training exercise in the Arabian Gulf. RCBs provide a multi-mission platform for the U.S. 5th Fleet by focusing on maritime security operations, maritime infrastructure protection, and security cooperation efforts with other services and militaries. Oh, and they take part in offensive combat operations, too.

These fast moving boats ar armed with M240 7.62mm machine guns as well as heavier .50 caliber machine guns.

To see a short training video of an RCB in action in the Arabian Gulf, click here.

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