Sunday, July 31, 2011

Naval Mobile Construction Battalion

CAMP SHELBY, Miss. (July 23, 2011) The Convoy Security Element (CSE) assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 7 provides security for a detachment line haul during Operation Bearing Duel, the battalion's field training exercise at Joint Training Facility Camp Shelby. Upon completion of the exercise, NMCB-7 will become the Atlantic Fleet Seabees' Independent Unit Ready for Tasking. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Yan Kennon/Released)

Friday, July 29, 2011

B-2 Bomber

A B-2 Spirit taxis onto the flightline July 14, 2011, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., ending a week-long surge that tested Whiteman AFB's ability to hot-pit refuel the B-2 while continuously generating sorties. Active duty Airmen, guardsmen and reservists participated in the surge. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Cody H. Ramirez)

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Wednesday, July 27, 2011


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- In the Astrotech payload processing facility near Kennedy Space Center in Florida, a lifting device rests atop the nose of the Atlas payload fairing enclosing the Juno spacecraft during operations to lift the spacecraft onto a transporter for its trip to Space Launch Complex 41. The fairing will protect the spacecraft from the impact of aerodynamic pressure and heating during ascent and will be jettisoned once the spacecraft is outside the Earth's atmosphere. Juno is scheduled to launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral, Fla., Aug. 5.The solar-powered spacecraft will orbit Jupiter's poles 33 times to find out more about the gas giant's origins, structure, atmosphere and magnetosphere and investigate the existence of a solid planetary core. For more information, visit Photo credit: NASA/Frank Michaux

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

F-35 Lightning II

An F-35 Lightning II flies over Destin, Fla., before landing at its new home at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., July 14, 2011. Its pilot, Lt. Col. Eric Smith is the first Air Force qualified F-35 pilot and is assigned to the 58th Fighter Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Joely Santiago)

Friday, July 22, 2011

F/A-18F Super Hornet

PACIFIC OCEAN (July 20, 2011) An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Vigilantes of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 151 lands aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Abraham Lincoln and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 are conducting pilot qualifications and will be taking part in Los Angeles Navy Week 2011. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Brian Brannon/Released)

Thursday, July 21, 2011

USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77)

ARABIAN SEA (July 18, 2011) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 1st Class Maungwai Soe performs pre-flight launch checks on an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213 aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is deployed supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility on its first operational deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Brian Read Castillo/Released)

Monday, July 18, 2011

Enterprise & Eisenhower

ATLANTIC OCEAN (July 14, 2011) The aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) passes the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) as Enterprise returns to homeport after completing a six-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. Dwight D. Eisenhower is underway conducting carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Shonna L. Cunningham/Released)

Saturday, July 16, 2011

MK-38 25 mm machine gun

GULF OF ADEN (July 6, 2011) An MK-38 25 mm machine gun fires during a weapons live-fire exercise aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Anzio (CG 68). Anzio is assigned to Combined Task Force 151, a multi-national, mission-based task force established by the Combined Maritime Forces in January 2009 to conduct counter-piracy operations in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Somali Basin and Arabian Sea. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brian M. Brooks/Released)

Friday, July 15, 2011

Joint Personnel Recovery Exercise

A Marine Corps MH-53 Pave Low helicopter flies over the Grand Bara Desert in Djibouti, June 16, 2011, in search of the “victims” of a simulated airplane crash. The scenario was part of a joint personnel recovery training exercise involving all branches of the U.S. military stationed at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Austin M. May)

Thursday, July 14, 2011

F/A-18F Super Hornet

ATLANTIC OCEAN (July 6, 2011) An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Checkmates of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 211 performs a high-speed flyby during training for a Tiger Cruise air power demonstration aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65). The Enterprise Carrier Strike Group is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jared M. King/Released)

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Alaska Air National Guard

An Alaska Air National Guard pararescueman performs a high-altitude jump from a Coast Guard C-130 Hercules during a training mission June 23, 2011, above Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jack Sanders)

Friday, July 8, 2011

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Space Shuttle Atlantis

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Space shuttle Atlantis is revealed on Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida following the move of the rotating service structure (RSS). The structure provides weather protection and access to the shuttle while it awaits liftoff on the pad. RSS "rollback" marks a major milestone in Atlantis' STS-135 mission countdown. Atlantis and its crew of four; Commander Chris Ferguson, Pilot Doug Hurley and Mission Specialists Sandy Magnus and Rex Walheim, are scheduled to lift off at 11:26 a.m. EDT on July 8 to deliver the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module packed with supplies and spare parts to the International Space Station. Atlantis also will fly the Robotic Refueling Mission experiment that will investigate the potential for robotically refueling existing satellites in orbit. In addition, Atlantis will return with a failed ammonia pump module to help NASA better understand the failure mechanism and improve pump designs for future systems. STS-135 will be the 33rd flight of Atlantis, the 37th shuttle mission to the space station, and the 135th and final mission of NASA's Space Shuttle Program. For more information visit, Photo credit: NASA/Troy Cryder

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Blue Angels

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (July 1, 2011) Lt. Ben Walborn, lead solo pilot for the U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, performs a Sneak Pass during a demonstration at the Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival. The Blue Angels performed in Battle Creek as part of the 2011 show season and in celebration of the Centennial of Naval Aviation. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jen Blake/Released)

Tuesday, July 5, 2011


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Amid the tranquility of a wildlife refuge, space shuttle Endeavour rumbles off Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Endeavour began its final flight, the STS-134 mission, to the International Space Station on time at 8:56 a.m. EDT on May 16. Endeavour and its six-member crew are embarking on a mission to deliver the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer-2 (AMS), Express Logistics Carrier-3, a high-pressure gas tank and additional spare parts for the Dextre robotic helper to the space station. Endeavour's first launch attempt on April 29 was scrubbed because of an issue associated with a faulty power distribution box called the aft load control assembly-2 (ALCA-2). For more information visit, Kennedy coexists with the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, habitat to more than 310 species of birds, 25 mammals, 117 fish and 65 amphibians and reptiles. Photo credit: NASA/Sandra Joseph and Kevin O'Connell

Sunday, July 3, 2011


ATLANTIC OCEAN (June 30, 2011) An MV-22B Osprey assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 263 (Reinforced) approaches the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) during routine flight operations. Bataan is the command ship of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group, conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Julio Rivera/Released)