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SHAKO: Happy Birthday U.S. Navy

 Still Underway after 246 Years.

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Megan Alexander) Click on image to enlarge photo.

On this day (October 13) in 1775, the Continental Congress voted for two vessels each to be fitted out and armed with 10 carriage guns, a proportional number of swivel guns, and a crew of 80. Lawmakers directed the pair of ships be  sent out on a cruise of three months to intercept transports carrying munitions and stores to the British army in America.

So like the U.S. Army, which the Continental Congress created on June 14, 1775 — months before the Declaration of Independence — the U.S. Navy is older than the country it serves. A point President Joe Biden noted in his birthday greetings to the Navy.

“The founding of the naval service began before our Nation’s independence, when General George Washington wrote a letter to the Continental Congress, asking for properly equipped ships to prevent enemy vessels from bringing supplies to the British Army. That moment marked a turning point in the American Revolution and paved the way for our Nation’s seafaring military might,” Biden wrote — adding “As the United States rises to face the global challenges that will shape our future, the Navy remains what it always has been-ready to meet the moment. Our active duty and Navy Reserve sailors are not only trained to fight, but equipped to provide humanitarian assistance. From disaster relief in devastated areas to assisting refugees and deploying emergency medical units, the work of our Nation’s sailors is vital to combatting the interconnected challenges of our time. Even through the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States Navy delivered lifesaving vaccines across oceans to vulnerable communities around the world.”

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The photo above shows an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter, assigned to the Black Knights of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 4, lifting off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson. The Sea Hawk was beginning a vertical resupply-at-sea with the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Stockdale, the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain and the Royal Australian Navy fleet replenishment vessel HMAS Sirius on Oct. 10, 2021 in the Indian Ocean (two of which can been seen in the background).

In the foreground of the photo are some of the Vinson’s F/A-18E/F Super Hornet attack fighters.

The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability through alliances and partnerships with nations in the area while serving as a ready-response force in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific region, according to the Navy.

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SHAKO is an occasional 4GWAR posting on military history, traditions and culture. For the uninitiated, a shako is the tall, billed headgear worn by many armies from the Napoleonic era to about the time of the American Civil War. It remains a part of the dress, or parade, uniform of several military organizations like the corps of cadets at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York in the photo.

October 13, 2021 at 5:18 pm 1 comment

FRIDAY FOTO (March 19, 2021)

The Color of Water.

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sergeant Danny Gonzalez) CLICK on photo to enlarge.

U.S. Marines with 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), and Navy Sailors navigate a combat rubber raiding craft after launching from the Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship USS Ashlandduring an exercise in the Philippine Sea on February 24, 2021.

The 31st MEU is operating aboard the ships of Amphibious Squadron 11 in the 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with ally and partner militaries in the Indo-Pacific Region.

March 19, 2021 at 11:56 pm Leave a comment

FRIDAY FOTO (September 11, 2020)

Let the Sparks Fly.

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Taylor DiMartino)

They may look like golden sequins, but those are sparks flying as a Marine with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) uses a welding torch to simulate breaching a sealed access during a  boarding, search and seizure exercise aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown.

An MEU, consists of about 2,200 Marines and Sailors under the command of a Marine Corps colonel. The MEU is built around a 1,200-Marine infantry battalion, armed with medium and heavy machine guns, mortars, combined anti-armor teams and scout snipers. It’s backed up by light armored reconnaissance vehicles, tanks, artillery, combat engineers and amphibious assault vehicles. MEUs also have a mixed aviation element of helicopters and fighter jets that can land vertically on an amphibious assault ship’s flight deck.

The Germantown is part of the America Amphibious Ready Group assigned to Amphibious Squadron 11, along with the 31st MEU. They all serve in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility in the Indo-Pacific region.

September 12, 2020 at 12:05 am Leave a comment


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