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An F/A-18C Hornet makes an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the Pacific Ocean, May 9, 2013. The Vinson and Carrier Air Wing 17 are currently underway off the coast of Southern California conducting flight operations. The aircraft is part of the Mighty Shrikes of Strike Fighter Squadron 94.
This last deployment I had the privilege an honor to be a part of history.
The sh-46 “frog” had its last flight off a naval ship ever and I was there I was a part of it now I know it’s just a crazy lookin helicopter but it’s more than that it’s a job a title a way of life to these pilots this helicopter has been around since the late 60s and to see and be a part of their retirement from service was life changing so here’s to the BATTLE PHROG
Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense specialist U.S. Marines assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), prepare to move a simulated casualty during a confined space search and rescue exercise aboard the USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). The 26th MEU is deployed to the 5th Fleet area of operations aboard the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group. The 26th MEU operates continuously across the globe, providing the president and unified combatant commanders with a forward-deployed, sea-based quick reaction force. The MEU is a Marine Air-Ground Task Force capable of conducting amphibious operations, crisis response and limited contingency operations.
(Photo by Cpl. Kyle N. Runnels, 9 MAY 2013.)
Evening Quickie #soldierporn: Let’s see how deep the rabbit hole goes.
A helicopter lifts off after inserting Navy SEALs to attack a simulated enemy threat during Operation Urban Corkscrew as part of Emerald Warrior 2013 on Camp Shelby, Miss., April 29, 2013. The SEALs extracted two simulated downed helicopter pilots and returned them to safety during the operation.
They seriously get paid to do this.
Chief Mass Communication Specialist Shane Tuck conducts underwater photography training off the coast of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Expeditionary Combat Camera’s Underwater Photo Team conducts semi-annual training to hone its divers’ specialized skill set and ensure valuable support of Department of Defense activities worldwide.
(Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nicholas Tenorio, 16 APR 2013.)
Evening Quickie #soldierporn: You are the nighttime fear…
An HH-60H Seahawk helicopter flies over the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower at sunset in the North Arabian Sea, April 29, 2013. The Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility promoting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Evening Quickie #soldierporn: MARQ that bitch!
Sailors on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) during sunset.
(Photos by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tony D. Curtis, 26 APR 2013.)
[Because a little competition is healthy and I have no idea. Can anyone identify that aircraft by silhouette?
Answer: (thanks to therover701) T-45 Goshawk, a training jet aircraft highly modified for catapult takeoff and arresting wire landing training aboard aircraft carriers.]
Let us soon have the last.
In 1971 Petty Officer Robert A. Martin Jr. became the first US Servicemember to publicly fight his discharge for being a LGBTQ person. Said journalist Randy Shilts in his 1993 book Conduct Unbecoming: Gays and Lesbians in the US Military,In the tens of thousands of hearings since World War II where comparable actions had been taken on the basis of comparable evidence, the matter ended there, with the sailor skulking away in disgrace. Petty Officer Martin, however, went public with what had happened to him and swore to fight for an honorable discharge
Despite the support, he received a general discharge in 1972, but he continued to fight and in 1977 his discharge was upgraded to “honorable.” Wrote historian David Eisenbach in his 2006 book Gay Power: An American Revolution,Martin’s groundbreaking public battle against the Navy kicked off a series of well-publicized challenges to military discharges that harnessed and directed the energy of the gay rights movement in the 1970s.
Despite the words gay, gay, gay being endless thrown about Petty Officer Martin, (who is better known by his nom de guerre Stephen Donaldson and his pen name Donny the Punk) is a famous and important bisexual activist.
Though he did die just short of his 50th birthday (yes from AIDS, in many ways he completely epitomized the “sex and drugs and rock-and-roll” lifestyle of his era with all its excesses, pitfalls and its joyousness), he had an amazingly full life and quite the wild ride. In 1966, he founded the first LGBTQ Student Group, he was an active member in the Gay Liberation Front (GLF) & Gay Activists Alliance (GAA) the groups that sprang to life immediately the day after the Stonewall Riots and most famously in 1972 he helped draft the Quaker Committee of Friends “Ithaca Statement on Bisexuality,” perhaps the earliest public expression of a new bisexual consciousness.
Evening Quickie #soldierporn: Seahawk sunset.
U.S. Navy Seaman Isia Washington directs an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 8 to land on the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis underway in the Pacific Ocean, April 10, 2013. Washington is an aviation ordnanceman airman.
Evening Quickie #soldierporn: Slightly “Washington crossing the Delaware” if you squint?
Lieutenant William Wellborn, a platoon commander with 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion directs Sgt. James O’Neal, a team leader, during the four-hour trip from Courthouse Bay, Camp Lejeune, N.C., to the USS Bataan (LHD-5) on a zodiac, a small inflatable boat with a hand steered engine on the back. Two teams helped the USS Bataan receive its certification for launching and recovering small watercraft and also certified Alpha Company, 2nd Recon Bn., for open sea launch and recovery from ship.
(Photo by Corporal Austin Long, 10 APR 2013.)