Tuesday, April 06, 2010

The sky before Katrina hit...

I stumbled across this website and the pics must be seen to be believed.  Its hard to fathom how they survived after taking these pics....anyway, its not military but definitely worth it.
http://www.rense.com/general90/sky.htm

Sniper....

Too good not to post immediately...

Corporals Beau Reimink and Ian Collins both from team three, Sniper Platoon, Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, prepares to take their first simulated shot while conducting high desert stocking training in Djibouti, March 26. The 24th MEU Marines are currently training in a series of sustainment and bilateral exercises while in Djibouti. The 24th MEU is currently on a seven month deployment aboard Nassau Amphibious Ready Group vessels as the theatre reserve force for Central Command. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. Chad R. Kiehl)
Sniper High Desert Stocking Training in Djibouti

Reconnaissance Marines from 2nd Reconnaissance platoon, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, remain suspended from a hovering CH-53 Super Stallion helicopter from Marine Medium Tilt Rotor Squadron 162 (Reinforced) during a Special Purpose Insertion and Extraction exercise in Djibouti, Africa March 24. 24th MEU Marines performed a series of sustainment and joint exercises alongside the French and Djiboutian military throughout their visit in Djibouti. The 24th MEU is currently on a seven month deployment aboard Nassau Amphibious Ready Group vessels as the theatre reserve force for Central Command.
24th Marine Expeditionary Unit Public Affairs
Photo by Sgt. Alex C. Sauceda
Date: 03.24.2010
Location: Camp Lemonnier, DJ



Marines engage in firefight with insurgents in Marjah...

E-mail issues...

Hey all...This is a note to let you know that I just discovered a ton of e-mails that got caught in the spam filter.

I'm working as we speak to reply to them all.  I apologize and am working on tweaking the filter so that this doesn't happen again.

Thanks,

Solomon

More Photos from Djibouti, Africa

via Marines.com....

Marines from Tank platoon, Alpha Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, bombard through a live fire range using M1A1 Abrams tanks alongside the French Foreign Legion's ERC90 Light Armored Vehicles from the 13th Demi-Brigade, in Djibouti, Africa March 30. The 24th MEU Marines performed a series of sustainment and joint exercises alongside the French military servicemembers while in Djibouti. The 24th MEU is currently serves as the theatre reserve force for Central Command during its seven month deployment aboard Nassau Amphibious Ready Group vessels.
Cpl. Daniel Mallory, squad leader with 1st platoon, Alpha Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, secures the rear of an amphibious assault vehicle as Lance Cpl. Daniel Pursley, team leader, leads his team towards their objective point during a mechanized assault as part of a live fire range in Djibouti March 29. AAVs from Amphibious Assault Vehicle platoon transported and supported infantry Marines throughout mountainous environment. The 24th MEU Marines performed a series of sustainment and joint exercises alongside the French military servicemembers while in Djibouti. The 24th MEU is currently serves as the theatre reserve force for Central Command during its seven month deployment aboard Nassau Amphibious Ready Group vessels.
Marines from Tank platoon, Alpha Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, bombard through a live fire range using M1A1 Abrams tanks alongside the French Foreign Legion's ERC90 Light Armored Vehicles from the 13th Demi-Brigade, in Djibouti March 30. The 24th MEU Marines performed a series of sustainment and joint exercises alongside the French military servicemembers while in Djibouti. The 24th MEU is currently serves as the theatre reserve force for Central Command during its seven month deployment aboard Nassau Amphibious Ready Group vessels.
Amphibious assault vehicle crewmen from 2nd Amphibious Assault Vehicle platoon with Alpha Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct a water gunnery range at a Djibouti beach March 25. The water range was the first time in 20 years that 2nd AAV platoon performed this type of aquatic marksmanship training. The 24th MEU Marines are currently training in a series of sustainment and bilateral exercises while in Djibouti. The 24th MEU is currently on a seven month deployment aboard Nassau Amphibious Ready Group vessels as the theatre reserve force for Central Command. (Photo by: Gunnery Sgt. Chad R. Kiehl)

New C-130J Combat Resscue Tanker...

From Lockheed Martin!

The first of a new fleet of combat rescue tankers for the U.S. Air Force’s Air Combat Command left Lockheed Martin’s main assembly building, April 3.

AAV water gunnery practice...

Amphibious assault vehicle crewmen from 2nd Amphibious Assault Vehicle platoon with Alpha Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct a water gunnery range at a Djibouti beach March 25. The water range was the first time in 20 years that 2nd AAV platoon performed this type of aquatic marksmanship training. The 24th MEU Marines are currently training in a series of sustainment and bilateral exercises while in Djibouti. The 24th MEU is currently on a seven month deployment aboard Nassau Amphibious Ready Group vessels as the theatre reserve force for Central Command. (Photo by: Gunnery Sgt. Chad R. Kiehl) 

Oto Melara Strales System...

Jon sent me the story about funding for a new LHD for the Italian Navy/Marines...in the story was a blurb about the Oto Melara Strales System.  I was intrigued.  I had never heard of it.  Well a quick Google search revealed that it bears watching.  One of my pet peeves is the lack of naval gunnery found on ships these days.  The 57mm cannon on the LCS is one such example.  Another is the removal of the 5inch guns from the Tarawa class LHA's from years ago.

The Strales System seems to reverse the trend...if only a tiny bit.

STRALES