Our Navy at its Best: "Yeah, we can do that."
floaty boi becomes sinky boi
Over at DVIDS, a nice series of pictures that represents one part of our Navy that doesn't get to see the light of day often enough. Those who have served know it, probably been part of it, and nothing is more memorable than being right in the crunch of it all.
When you are well trained and well led with the right climate - things, in this case it really did, can come out of the blue that you haven't EXACTLY trained for, but ... you've done some things kind of like it.
You look at your Sailors, and you say, "Yes sir, we can do that."
One of the best communities for such responses are the Navy's EOD pros. Nice to see a little love heading their way, as much of what they do never breaks out in the open ... which is a good thing.
Check out the pics and track the story where you find it.
Sailors assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group 2 recover a high-altitude surveillance balloon off the coast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Feb. 5, 2023. EODGRU 2 is a critical part of the Navy Expeditionary Combat Force that clears explosive hazards to provide access to denied areas; secures the undersea domain for freedom of movement; builds and fosters relationships with trusted partners, and protects the homeland. At the direction of the President of the United States and with the full support of the Government of Canada, U.S. fighter aircraft under U.S. Northern Command authority engaged and brought down a high altitude surveillance balloon within sovereign U.S. airspace and over U.S. territorial waters Feb. 4, 2023. Active duty, Reserve, National Guard, and civilian personnel planned and executed the operation, and partners from the U.S. Coast Guard, Federal Aviation Administration, and Federal Bureau of Investigation ensured public safety throughout the operation and recovery efforts. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Tyler Thompson)
Would have preferred to have seen an F/A18 from whidbey island launch an aim 9 as that thing crossed the western adiz boundary.
On a deployment to Guam back in '86 with a Seabee battalion, we had a standby generator project on the Naval Mag. Within earshot of the project site was a nondescript building for the EOD unit stationed there. No windows, big doors, definitely been there awhile and surrounded by jungle on the sides... and stenciled on the door "Where no man has gone before." Chills...