Around the World Wednesday: The Military Sealift Command joint high-speed vessel USNS Spearhead departs Puerto Castilla, Honduras. Sailors, along with Marines, Soldiers and Airmen, visited Honduras as part of Southern Partnership Station 2014 to start their subject matter expert exchanges (SMEE) with Honduran military, government and health officials.
There isn’t enough room for all of the supplies needed when a ship is out to sea. This is where vertical replenishments come in handy. Helicopters will transfer cargo from a Military Sealift Command ship to the ship that is underway. In this photo, an SA-330J Puma helicopter transports cargo from the Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Amelia Earhart to the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush.
Sailors assigned to the Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) team from the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego climb a Jacob’s ladder from an 11-meter rigid-hull inflatable boat to the flight deck of San Diego during a maritime raid force drill. One of the coolest parts of VBSS teams is that any Enlisted Sailor can volunteer to be on the team.
Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Steven Shinault prepares a training room prior to a fire fighting drill at Surface Warfare Officer School for Fire Fighting and Damage Control Training at Fleet Activities Yokosuka. The school provides realistic fire fighting training for Sailors and Officers stationed at Fleet Activities Yokosuka.
Check out this photo of the Navy’s unmanned X-47B. The aircraft recently completed a series of tests demonstrating its ability to operate safely and seamlessly with manned aircraft. Lt. Cmdr. Brian “Dumpy” Hall shared his thoughts on its integration into the carrier air wing here: http://1.usa.gov/1tjZfgD