Jun 18 2012
An amazing roundup of the best military photos we came across since our last military photo compilation.
A two-ship formation of B-1B Lancers assigned to the 28th Bomb Squadron, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, release chaff and flares while maneuvering over New Mexico during a training mission Feb. 24, 2010. Dyess celebrates the 25th anniversary of the first B-1B bomber arriving at the base. U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Kevin J. Gruenwald.
U.S. Marines conduct insertion exercises from a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter in the Arabian Sea, Jan. 19, 2012. The Marines are assigned to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, which is embarked aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island. The ship is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Alan Gragg.
A C-2A Greyhound aircraft prepares to land on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the Arabian Sea, Jan. 12, 2012. U.S. Navy photo by Seaman George M. Bell.
Afghan children who hope to receive candy from U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jacob Kartchner follow him as he patrols with fellow Marines and Afghan police outside the Hazar Joft Bazaar in the Garmsir district of Afghanistan's Helmand province, April 8, 2012. Kartchner is a team leader assigned to Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment. The Marines partnered with Afghan police to maintain security in and around the bazaar, which is one of the area's busiest commercial centers. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Reece Lodder.
A CV-22 Osprey flies over Florida's Emerald Coast, Jan. 31, 2009. The crew and aircraft are assigned to the 8th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla. While over the water, the crew practiced using the hoist, a means to rescue stranded personnel. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Julianne Showalter.
An AH-64D Apache "shows its muscles" at an air show. Photo by Sgt. Roberto Di Giovine.
A CH-47 Chinook helicopter kicks up snow at a remote landing zone in the Shah Joy district in Afghanistan's Zabul province, Feb. 8, 2012. Helicopters provide an efficient and reliable means of transporting personnel and cargo to the country's rural areas. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jon Rasmussen.
A U.S. Marine shields his face from flying debris kicked up by the rotor wash of a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter during a rehearsal of the final exercise of Exercise African Lion 2012 on Cap Draa, Morocco, April 16, 2012. The Marines are assigned to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Tyler L. Main.
The littoral combat ship Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Fort Worth (LCS 3) is launched into the Menominee River during a christening ceremony for the navy's third littoral combat ship (2010). Fort Worth will continue to undergo outfitting and testing at Marinette Marine before delivery to the Navy in 2012. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin).
U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion crew members conduct slingload operations with Airmen at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., May 10, 2012. Both units were preparing for a Marine airpower demonstration at the basesÂ’ open house and air show, which took place May 12 and 13. The CH-53E crew is with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 772 and the Airmen are with the 621st Contingency Response Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo).
A 71st Special Operations Squadron CV-22 Osprey receives fuel from a 522nd SOS MC-130J Combat Shadow II Jan. 4, 2012, over New Mexico. The 71st SOS is located at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., and conducted air refueling training with members of the 522nd SOS at Cannon AFB, N.M. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st class Xavier Lockley).
An F-15E Strike Eagle drops a GBU-28 during a Combat Hammer mission Aug. 10, 2010, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Combat Hammer is an Air-to-Ground Weapons System Evaluation Program maintained by the 86th Fighter Weapons Squadron at Tyndall AFB, Fla. The aircraft is from the 391st Fighter Squadron at Mountain Home AFB, Idaho.
A boat flies out of the back of a C-17 Globemaster III April 9, 2012, over the ocean surrounding Naval Base Guam during a five-day mission to fly, execute airdrops, and foster joint service and international operability in the Pacific theater. During the mission, the aircrew dropped static-line personnel, heavy equipment platforms, high-velocity container delivery system bundles, low-velocity CDS bundles, and high-altitude low-opening jumpers during their time in Guam. The aircraft was deployed from the 535th Airlift Squadron at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam, Hawaii. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Nathan Allen).
Crews lower the final keel section of the future USS Gerald R. Ford into place at Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Va., May 24, 2012. The 680-metric-ton, 60-foot-tall lower bow unit was the last major section of the ship installed below the waterline. The Gerald R. Ford, now more than 75 percent structurally complete in the dry dock, is on schedule to launch in 2013. U.S. Navy photo by Ricky Thompson.
DoD's first production F-35B Lightning II joint strike fighter soars over Destin, Fla., on its way to its new home at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The Marine variant of the JSF belongs to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 501. The Marines of VMFAT-501 received two F-35Bs Jan. 11. Both aircraft were escorted in by Marine F-18 Hornets. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Joely Santiago).
The guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur transits through rough seas in the Pacific Ocean. Curtis Wilbur is part of Destroyer Squadron 15 and is underway with the George Washington Carrier Strike Group helping to ensure security and stability in the western Pacific Ocean. Photo by Seaman Adam K. Thomas.
U.S. Marine mortarmen conduct fire missions during the 24th Marine Expeditioinary Unit's Realistic Urban Training on Camp Atterbury, Sept. 29, 2009. The unit will use these mortarmen to support the 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment in hostile areas to neutralize threats. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Andrew J. Carlson.
2nd Lt. Gregory R. Jaunal, student, Infantry OfficersÂ’ Course, fires a mortar round during a mountain attack in the Bullion Training Area March 21, 2012. The mountain attack was part of their four-day culminating exercise from PALM FEX.
PACIFIC OCEAN (Dec. 10, 2010) The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Houston (SSN 713) leads a formation of ships from USS George Washington (CVN 73) Carrier Strike Group and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) for a photo exercise during the final day of Exercise Keen Sword 2011. The exercise enhances the Japan-U.S. alliance which remains a key strategic relationship in the Northeast Asia Pacific region. Keen Sword caps the 50th anniversary of the Japan - U.S. alliance as an "alliance of equals." (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Adam K. Thomas).
A convoy of U.S. Army mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles prepare to move out in the Mangrah Troy district of Afghanistan's Paktika province, Jan. 4, 2012. U.S. Army photo by Spc. David Barnes.
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Matthew Bruch, an aerial photographer with 1st Combat Camera Squadron, takes a self portrait during a flight in an F-15D from the 65th Aggressor Squadron flying in support of the Air Force Weapons School over Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., May 17, 2012. The Air Force Weapons School is a five-and-a-half-month training course which provides selected officers with the most advanced training in weapons and tactics employment. Throughout the course, students receive an average of 400 hours of post graduate-level academics and participate in demanding combat training missions. Photo by Airman 1st Class Matthew Bruch.
ARABIAN SEA (Jan. 11, 2012) An F/A-18 Hornet launches from the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are underway on a western Pacific deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans).
PEARL HARBOR (May 18, 2010) Dry Dock 1 at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard is flooded during the undocking of the Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS City of Corpus Christi (SSN 705). City of Corpus Christi was in dry dock for a maintenance availability. (U.S. Navy photo by Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Dustan Longhini).
An F/A-18F Super Hornet recovers aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the Indian Ocean, April 11, 2012. The Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing 17 are participating in the Malabar Exercise with ships and aircraft from the Indian navy. The Hornet is assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 22. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class James Evans.
A Marine Corps Super Stallion helicopter from VMM-266 (REIN), 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, flies in route to deliver relief supplies during humanitarian assistance operations in the southern province of Sindh, Pakistan. Photo by Capt. Paul Duncan.
PACIFIC OCEAN (May 8, 2012) The guided-missile frigate USS Nicholas (FFG 47) prepares for a passing exercise with USS Underwood (FFG 36) in the Pacific Ocean. Underwood is deployed to Central and South America and the Caribbean in support of Southern Seas 2012. U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Stuart Phillips.
BAHRAIN (March 21, 2009) The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Hartford (SSN 768) pulls into Mina Salman pier in Bahrain where U.S. Navy engineers and inspection teams will asses and evaluate damage that resulted from a collision with the amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18) in the Strait of Hormuz March 20. Overall damage to both ships is being evaluated. The incident remains under investigation. Hartford is deployed to the U.S. 5th fleet area of responsibility to support maritime security operations. U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr. Jane Campbell/Released.
U.S. Army Cpl. Kevin Dehaven uses his weapon's scope to scan the valley while providing security on Observation Post Mangol in the Nari district in Afghanistan's Kunar province, Feb. 8, 2012. Dehaven is a sniper team leader assigned to the 25th Infantry Division's Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Trey Harvey.
SUEZ CANAL (June 2, 2012) The guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) transits the Suez Canal. James E. Williams is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Daniel J. Meshel.
The Virginia-class attack submarine Pre-Commissioning Unit Mississippi (SSN 782) conducts alpha trials in the Atlantic Ocean. U.S. Navy photo courtesy of General Dynamics Electric Boat.
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