Blue Hole.
U.S. Navy divers assigned to Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit Two (MDSU 2), and Belize Coast Guard divers swim along during a dive at Belize’s famous Blue Hole. The MDSU 2 divers are working together with their Belizean Coast Guard counterparts as part of Southern Partnership Station 2014. Southern Partnership Station 2014 is a U.S. Navy deployment focused on subject matter expert exchanges with partner nation militaries and security forces in Central and South America and the Caribbean. U.S. military teams work with partner nation forces during naval-focused training exercises, military-to-military engagements and community relations projects in an effort to enhance partnerships with regional maritime activities and improve the operational readiness of participants.
(Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brett Cote, 13 JUL 2014.) High-res

Blue Hole.

U.S. Navy divers assigned to Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit Two (MDSU 2), and Belize Coast Guard divers swim along during a dive at Belize’s famous Blue Hole. The MDSU 2 divers are working together with their Belizean Coast Guard counterparts as part of Southern Partnership Station 2014. Southern Partnership Station 2014 is a U.S. Navy deployment focused on subject matter expert exchanges with partner nation militaries and security forces in Central and South America and the Caribbean. U.S. military teams work with partner nation forces during naval-focused training exercises, military-to-military engagements and community relations projects in an effort to enhance partnerships with regional maritime activities and improve the operational readiness of participants.

(Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brett Cote, 13 JUL 2014.)

Highway to the danger zone.
An F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 prepares to launch from the flight deck of the U.S. Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Chris Cavagnaro, 7 JUL 2014.) High-res

Highway to the danger zone.

An F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 prepares to launch from the flight deck of the U.S. Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Chris Cavagnaro, 7 JUL 2014.)

Scenic overlook.

An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Combat Squadron (HSC) 14 flies by Kauaʻi during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014.

 (U.S. Navy photos by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Shannon E. Renfroe, 3 JUL 2014.)

The technical air worthiness authorities of the Department of the Air Force and Department of the Navy have issued a directive to ground the F-35 fleet based on initial findings from the runway fire incident that occurred at Eglin Air Force Base on Monday, June 23.
The root cause of the incident remains under investigation. Additional inspections of F-35 engines have been ordered, and return to flight will be determined based on inspection results and analysis of engineering data. Defense Department leadership supports this prudent approach.
Preparations continue for F-35 participation in international air shows in the United Kingdom, however a final decision will come early next week.

Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby, on F-35 Fleet Grounding, 3 JUL 2014. (Source.)

Water sports.

U.S. Soldiers assigned to the 36th Combat Aviation Brigade train with the U.S. Navy to conduct a personnel recovery exercise. The 36th CAB is currently deployed to Kuwait and based out of Camp Buehring.

(U.S. Marine Corps motion media by Lance Cpl. Juanenrique Owings, 26th MEU Combat Camera, 10 JUN 2013.)

Zorching into your backyard, your friendly neighborhood stalkers.
An EA-6B Prowler attached to the “Garudas” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 134 prepares to land as two F/A-18E Super Hornets attached to the “Tomcatters” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31 fly by the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, which includes the Arabian Gulf. Current presence in the Arabian Gulf is in support of efforts to restabilize the government of Iraq.
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Card, 29 JUN 2014.)
[Of course it’s the Bush. Because Bushes are notorious for the speed of their erections, and the totality of their focus, when Iraq is involved. -R] High-res

Zorching into your backyard, your friendly neighborhood stalkers.

An EA-6B Prowler attached to the “Garudas” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 134 prepares to land as two F/A-18E Super Hornets attached to the “Tomcatters” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31 fly by the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, which includes the Arabian Gulf. Current presence in the Arabian Gulf is in support of efforts to restabilize the government of Iraq.

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Card, 29 JUN 2014.)

[Of course it’s the Bush. Because Bushes are notorious for the speed of their erections, and the totality of their focus, when Iraq is involved. -R]

Let’s get this party started.

The Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Rainier (T-AOE 7) transits to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014 exercise. Accompanying assets include landing craft cushions(LCAC), assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 5,  and U.S. Marine Corps CH-53 Super Stallions, assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 465.

Twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC exercise from June 26 to Aug. 1, in and around the Hawaiian Islands. The world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans. RIMPAC 2014 is the 24th exercise in the series since its inception in 1971.

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Diana Quinlan, 26 JUN 2014.)

Evening Quickie #soldierporn: Midnight blue.
Aviation mechanics perform maintenance on an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the “Royal Maces” of Strike Fighter Squadron of (VFA) 27 on the flight deck of the U.S. Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Benjamin K. Kittleson, 8 JUN 2014.) High-res

Evening Quickie #soldierporn: Midnight blue.

Aviation mechanics perform maintenance on an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the “Royal Maces” of Strike Fighter Squadron of (VFA) 27 on the flight deck of the U.S. Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Benjamin K. Kittleson, 8 JUN 2014.)

Midway anniversary.


A sea of white uniforms greets visitors to the Navy Memorial as sailors gather to celebrate the 72nd anniversary of the Battle of Midway in Washington, D.C., June 4, 2014. The celebration held host to Marines, Navy, and Coast Guard service members, Midway veterans and a gathered crowd of onlookers. The Battle of Midway is considered by many to be the turning point of the Pacific theater of World War II and one of the most well-known and revered victories in naval history.
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Midway anniversary.

A sea of white uniforms greets visitors to the Navy Memorial as sailors gather to celebrate the 72nd anniversary of the Battle of Midway in Washington, D.C., June 4, 2014. The celebration held host to Marines, Navy, and Coast Guard service members, Midway veterans and a gathered crowd of onlookers. The Battle of Midway is considered by many to be the turning point of the Pacific theater of World War II and one of the most well-known and revered victories in naval history.