Today’s theme: clouds & light – nature’s & man’s…


090723-N-6855K-092 PEARL HARBOR (July 23, 2009) Virginia-class attack submarine USS Hawaii (SSN 776) passes by Diamond Head crater while transiting to Pearl Harbor, the submarine's new home port. USS Hawaii is the third Virginia-class submarine constructed and the first submarine to bear the name of the Aloha state. Hawaii is capable of supporting a multitude of missions, including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, strike, naval special warfare involving special operations forces, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, irregular warfare, and mine warfare. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd class Meagan Klein/Released)


090718-N-2153C-001 PACIFIC OCEAN (July 18, 2009) An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter from the Island Knights of Helicopter Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 transports cargo from the Military Sealift Command dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE 3) to the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) during a replenishment at-sea. George Washington is participating in Talisman Saber 09, a biennial joint military exercise between the U.S. and Australia focusing on operational and tactical interoperability. (U.S. Navy photo by Aviation Electronics Technician Airman Josiah Connelly/Released)


090429-N-0000X-001 ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 29, 2009) A Mexican BO-105 Bolkow helicopter fires 2.75 inch high-explosive rockets at the ex-USS Connolly (DD 979) during the sinking exercise portion of UNITAS Gold. This year marks the 50th iteration of UNITAS, a multinational exercise that provides opportunities for participating nations to increase their collective ability counter illicit maritime activities that threaten regional stability. Participating countries are Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Germany, Mexico, Peru, U.S. and Uruguay. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Seth Johnson/Released)


090723-N-5253W-225 QUEENDSLAND, Australia (July 23, 2009) Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC) 10, assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 5, makes a late-afternoon run to the beach while transporting U.S. Marines and vehicles back to the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). Essex is participating in Talisman Saber 09, a biennial, combined exercise designed to train Australian and U.S. forces in planning and conducting combined operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Gabriel S. Weber/Released)


090715-N-1655H-083 INDIAN OCEAN (July 15, 2009) The guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) and the South African Navy corvette SAS Amatola (F 145) are underway together during a scheduled maneuvering drill. Arleigh Burke recently departed Durban, South Africa with Amatola to kick off a series of cooperative at-sea exercises with the South African Navy. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class David Holmes/Released)


  1. Well, there went my “ride.” I picked here up in Puerto Mont, Chile on UNITAS XXIV in Sep 83. She was to be the only SPRU CAN retained and was to be a museum in the Great Lakes, but late last year that went out the window. An entire class of 963s will become ship reefs, despite being the backbone of the Fleet to end the Cold War. My first real curise wearing commissioned officer rank was in the company of USS SPRUANCE (DD-963) to the Med, where she had her maiden voyage.

    Commissioned 984, shook Ross Perot’s hand (he was Bill Leftwich’s roommate at USNA) during the Commissioning party. She’s a fish reef NE of the big island of Hawaii, like the rest of the class. Maybe FOSTER will survive her test ship days and be the last one standing for the history of it all.

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    Well — it beats how one of mine ended up :/
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