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Ever wonder what “they” meant when talking about a painted sky?

Wonder no more:


PERSIAN GULF (Dec. 22, 2008) The guided-missile destroyer USS Ramage (DDG 61) transits through the Persian Gulf. Ramage is deployed as part of the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) supporting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. MSO help develop security in the maritime environment. From security arises stability that results in global economic prosperity. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Fire Controlman Michael Clemente/Released)

Shift Colors – Underway

USS Russell (DDG 59) underway for deployment.  So what’s different about it?  XO’s blogging ’bout it – you can follow via "The Destroyermen" link in the column to the right under "Navy Blogsphere"  You also know him as the Yankee Sailor

bon chance y’all – it looks like it will be a most interesting deployment…

Saturday Matinee

wonders aloud at how the VAW community seems to have a surfeit of talent when it comes to making videos – *we* all know it comes from our regular dosing of Vitamin R in the form of the megawatt+ of energy we haul around with us.  How else can one explain the likes of Skippy and YHS?  Anyway, here is are a couple of the more recent offerings from the Black Eagles of VAW-113 (Hey KT – the guys seem to still be doing well talent-wise…) followed by the main feature, a classic from way back when (and not to date ourselves, but one of the LSO’s in the opening scenes was our DH and mentioned in one of the early ‘Reflections’ pieces – we’ll leave it to you, gentle reader, to figure out who it was). – SJS:





Postcards from Deployment

As some of you are aware, Southern Air Pirate has departed on his 6-month deployment and so postings on his site may be few/far between due to bandwidth and PC access. We’ve offered our services as an intermediary – and so this first missive (actually a combination of two) from SAP.

Haze grey and underway for about a week now, finally got into my routine of working hard, then getting off grab a luke warm shower, and finally crawling into my rack to sleep. Get up and repeat. The E-2 bubbas and we (the Prowlers) were able to get carrier qualified in a day. The F-18 guys took two days to get all their aircrew done. Even better we were able to keep all 4 of our jets up in the process, no major gripes. Unless you count our ECMO’s complaining that the box lunches sucked and the relief tubes too short. So now I am making the transit across the pond to the Med and our first port visit.

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