While I'm not a SOLDIER I am a SAILOR... 2 tours in the Gulf, 1 in So. America.
These photos taken on the 2 ships I served on popped up on my screensaver today... I thought everyone might like them:
I'm pretty sure this was just an exercise shot, I don't recall us ever making REAL shots on this ship (notice the vertical missile platform at the bottom-right corner). Taken onboard the USS Milius (DDG-69), aka "The Love Boat" :lol:
This shot, of course, was real as real gets! CRAZY!!! And this was taken from a Cruiser, which isn't exactly a small ship. Taken onboard the USS Valley Forge (CG-50), now decommissioned.
Additionally, here are some really kewl videos made onboard the USS Valley Forge while I was there...
This is "Missile-Ex", just an exercise where a bunch of ships get together and fire missiles out at an imaginary target... it's really kewl nonetheless!
This is "Sink-Ex", an exercise where a bunch of ships get together and take turns shooting at an old retired ship trying to sink it. They start with small-arms fire (not that this does anything substantial, but it's great practice for us who stand small-cal watches but rarely get to practice shooting at a moving target), progress to large-cal firearms, move to missiles, and ultimately use torp's if needed. I actually got to participate in this exercise as I was one of the small-cal guys (rapid-fire belt-fed mounted grenade launcher... I wasn't a GM so I get the MK's confused but it is either the MK19 or the MK72, I think). I also helped load up a torp (I was a Sonar guy) but we didn't end up needing it... the missiles ended up doing their job! This was a kewl exercise and was also a testament to how well a ship can stay floating even after getting seriously pummeled.
Not trying to HJ the thread, I just thought Sarg and everyone else would get a kick out of this stuff!