FRIDAY FOTO (June 1, 2018)

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Coast Guard Cutter Waesche completes drydock maintenance

(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Ayla Kelley)

Crew members assigned to the Coast Guard Cutter Waesche examine a propeller before the ship leaves dry dock following maintenance in Seattle. Photo taken May 22, 2018.

We think this huge metal device looks like something out of a Georgia O’Keeffe painting (video on her work).

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June 1, 2018 at 12:22 am Leave a comment

FRIDAY FOTO (May 18, 2018)

Marines in Norway.

CB90's and Water Casting

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Corporal Miguel A. Rosales)

U.S. Marines  and Norwegian Costal Ranger Commandos (KJK) conduct water casting training aboard a CB90-class fast assault craft during Exercise Platinum Ren at Fort Trondennes, Harstad, Norway, on May 14, 2018.To see the Swedish designed CB90 put through its pages by the Brazilian navy, click here.

Water casting is the technique of casting off troops from a low flying  helicopter or fast-moving boat and then retrieving them from the water when the job is done.

Here’s another video showing the work of the KJK, also known as the Kystjegerkommandoen.

The Platinum Ren exercise with KJKs is a security cooperation training event aimed at strengthening coalition partnerships and sustaining mission-essential tasks in a harsh operating environment.

The Marines in the photo are with the 1st Platoon, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion of the 1st Marine Division.

May 18, 2018 at 10:51 pm Leave a comment

FRIDAY FOTO (May 11, 2018)

Extra Special Guidance.

A Taste of Boot Camp

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Danielle Rodrigues)

Drill instructors from Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego (California) give a future Marine a taste of what recruit training will be like during the annual pool function at Marine Corps Recruiting Station Fort Worth, Texas.

Pool functions, like this April 27 event in Texas, are held to prepare young individuals who want to be Marines for the physical and mental stress of Marine Corps recruit training. You can read more about it here and here.

It looks like this wanna-be Leatherneck is getting more than his share of received wisdom from these DIs. More photos here.

May 11, 2018 at 8:15 pm Leave a comment

FRIDAY FOTO (May 4, 2018)

Eye-eye, sir.

PP18 personnel participate in a cooperative health exchange at Sri Lanka

(U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jasper Seisa)

Lieutenant Commander Scott Williams, a Navy optometrist, examines a child’s eye in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka, at a health clinic event during Pacific Partnership 2018,  an annual  humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission in the Indo-Pacific region.

This year, the multinational mission included military personnel from the United States, United Kingdom, Japan and Australia. In addition to healthcare clinics, like this one, doctors, dentists, engineers, Navy Seabees and musicians made civil engineering assistance stops, training symposiums, information exchanges, search and rescue exercises and band performances in Malaysia as well as Sri Lanka.

May 4, 2018 at 7:15 pm Leave a comment

FRIDAY FOTO (April 27, 2018)

Deep Dive.

Marines spelunk to assess simulated CBRN threats

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Corporal Charles Plouffe)

Looking like a scene from an Indiana Jones movie, a Marine ascends from a cave at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Japan during training to detect chemical or radiological threats in difficult-to-access areas. The photo was taken April 18, 2018.

April 27, 2018 at 7:13 pm 1 comment

FRIDAY FOTO (April 20, 2018)

So Where’s the Plane?

Pararescue Airmen practice military free fall

(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Gustavo Castillo)

Illustrating the “Free” in free fall, this photo shows Air Force para rescue jumpers (PJs) performing a military free fall jump over Djibouti in East Africa on April 17, 2018. The airmen are assigned to the 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron. They are deployed in support of humanitarian aid and contingency operations in the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa area of responsibility.

April 20, 2018 at 12:05 am Leave a comment

FRIDAY FOTO (April 13, 2018)

Night Ops over Japan.

Super Hercs soar through the air

(U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

Air Force Senior Airman Stephen Clark (left), and Airman 1st Class Matthew Pfeffer sit on the open ramp of a C-130J Super Hercules flying near Yokota Air Base, Japan on March 26, 2018.

The airmen, loadmasters assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron, were about to conduct a simulated airdrop over Yokota. Aircrews regularly conduct night operations to prepare for a variety of contingencies throughout the region.

April 13, 2018 at 11:10 pm Leave a comment

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