The Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine USS Nevada (SSBN-733) transits the Hood Canal as she returns to her homeport of Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, Washington. Officers do not have to wait until attending War College to reap the benefit of wargaming. Wargames can be devised and played in ship wardrooms.
A chief boatswain’s mate observes for safety as sailors handle lines during sea and anchor detail on board the guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG-72). A culture in which sailors choose the safest approach is far more effective than one in which safety is enforced from above.
The Fleet Weather Center San Diego strike group oceanography team provides the morning weather update.
A USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) sailor explains damage control capabilities to Vietnamese military officials during the ship’s 2018 port visit to Danang, Vietnam. Months of preparation and coordination at the highest levels of both the U.S. and Vietnamese governments were necessary to execute such a high profile and geopolitically sensitive event.
A naval aircrewman and Coast Guard precision marksman in the cabin of an MH-60 Seahawk helicopter from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 21 while training off the coast of San Diego. The combination of enduring long hours in cramped positions and vibrations unique to helicopters has made chronic back pain far more prevalent in naval helicopter aircrewmen.
The Royal Australian Navy Huon-class mine hunter HMAS Gascoyne operating off the coast of Darwin, Australia. Mine countermeasures (MCM) technology has advanced to a point that the traditional risk model used for MCM operations can be revised and the number of operational steps reduced.