Thursday, December 28, 2006
Atlantic Ocean (Aug. 16, 2006) - The amphibious transport dock USS San Antonio (LPD 17) fires the ship's Rolling Air Frame Missile launcher for the first time during a live firing exercise. San Antonio and her crew are at sea conducting Combat Systems Ship Board Qualifications, in an attempt to see how well the ship's Combat System's Suite and ship's weapons work together.
Sunday, December 24, 2006
Friday, December 22, 2006
Persian Gulf (March 8, 2006) - United States Coast Guard members stationed aboard the patrol boat USCGC Wrangell (WPB 1322) view flight operations aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). The Coast Guard Cutter came alongside the Navy's newest aircraft carrier to have a photograph taken and to take in the view of flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier. Reagan with her embarked Carrier Air Wing One Four (CVW-14) is currently on her maiden deployment conducting Maritime Security Operations (MSO) in the region and participating in the global war on terrorism.
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Monday, December 18, 2006
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Pacific Ocean (Nov. 27, 2006) – The amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) performs a pre-action aim calibration on one of two MK-15 Phalanx Close-In Weapons Systems (CIWS). The basis of the system is a 20 mm M61 Vulcan gatling gun linked to a radar system for acquiring and tracking targets. The gun fires at a variable 4,500 rounds per minute (hydraulic models only fired 3,000 rounds per minute): it is mounted in a self-contained turret along with an automated fire control system. The system automatically searches, detects, tracks, engages and confirms kills using its computer-controlled radar system.
Monday, December 11, 2006
Sunday, December 10, 2006
12/09/2006 - Space Shuttle Discovery seems to be standing on the fiery columns erupting from the solid rocket boosters as it lifts off Launch Pad 39B on mission STS-116. Liftoff occurred on time at 8:47 p.m. EST. This was the second launch attempt of Discovery on mission STS-116. The first launch attempt on Dec. 7 was postponed due a low cloud ceiling over Kennedy Space Center. This is Discovery's 33rd mission and the first night launch since 2003. The 20th shuttle mission to the International Space Station, STS-116 carries another truss segment, P5. It will serve as a spacer, mated to the P4 truss that was attached in September. After installing the P5, the crew will reconfigure and redistribute the power generated by two pairs of U.S. solar arrays.
Friday, December 8, 2006
(12/01/2006) --- KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The X-band radar array is installed on the solid rocket booster retrieval ship Liberty before launch of Space Shuttle Discovery. It is one of two Weibel Continuous Pulse Doppler X-band radars located on each of the two SRB retrieval ships. This one will be located downrange of the launch site. Working with the land-based C-band radar, the X-band radars provide velocity and differential shuttle/debris motion information during launch. The radar data will be sent from the ships via satellite link and analyzed at the C-band radar site located on north Kennedy Space Center.
Thursday, December 7, 2006
Dec. 4, 1965, NASA launched Gemini VII. With this mission, NASA successfully completed its first rendezvous of two spacecraft. This photograph, taken by Gemini VII crewmembers Frank Lovell and Frank Borman, shows Gemini VI in orbit 160 miles (257 km) above Earth. The main purpose of Gemini VI, crewed by astronauts Walter Schirra and Thomas Stafford, was the rendezvous with Gemini VII. The main purpose of Gemini VII, on the other hand, was studying the long-term effects of long-duration (up to 14 days) space flight on a two-man crew. The pair also carried out 20 experiments, including medical tests. Although the principal objectives of both missions differed, they were both carried out so that NASA could master the technical challenges of getting into and working in space.
Wednesday, December 6, 2006
Philadelphia, Pa. (Dec. 2, 2006) – Secretary of Defense the Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld, center, readies the coin-toss, as four U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornets conduct a formation fly-over Lincoln Financial Field, during opening ceremonies for the 107th Army vs. Navy football game. Navy won the game 26-14 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa., ending the season at 9-3.
Tuesday, December 5, 2006
Philippine Sea (Dec. 1, 2006) - An EA-6B Prowler assigned to Electronic Warfare Squadron One Three Six (VAQ-136) launches off the flight deck of USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) during flight operations. Kitty Hawk, operating out of Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, is currently deployed off Okinawa on a regularly scheduled deployment.