- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, right, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, second from right, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Navy Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, chief of naval operations, and Navy Secretary Ray Mabus stand during the playing of taps at a wreath-laying ceremony at the Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C., Sept. 17, 2013. The defense leaders held the small ceremony to remember the 12 victims of the Sept. 16 shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
Photo of the Day
While coasting through the Facebook page for US Central Command this morning, Intercepts came across this photo of a Navy MH-60S Sea Hawk conducting exercises from last week. Enjoy!
Today’s photo comes from the website of US Air Force Central Command. It’s a shot of a Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker landing during an early morning at Manas, Kyrgyzstan. Operations go in and out of Manas daily to support operations in Afghanistan.
Adm. Cecil Haney, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, has been in China in recent days conferring with his counterparts from the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). While in Zhanjiang on May 31, Haney got a tour of the Chinese destroyer LANZHOU and, as is the custom in many navies, was presented with a ball cap from the ship. Pretty spiffy-looking cap, a great souvenir of the PLAN visit. We’re jealous…
It’s interesting to note that as the U.S. Navy has tightened the wearing of command ball caps — which are not official issue — the practice remains widespread, and almost every navy wears versions of the classic American baseball cap.
In case you haven’t seen the incredible visual of a jet breaking the sound barrier, as the pressure waves produce a visible halo around the aircraft, this is your chance. Pictured is an F/A 18 in all it’s glory.
You may have already seen this video which has been making the rounds the last couple of days, but it’s funny enough to post again here. Several reports indicate that the service member was fine, having landed quite a bit away from the intended drop zone, so you can go ahead and laugh.
With Syria on everyone’s mind, Secretary of State John Kerry made the trip across the river yesterday to visit with Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.
Among the items exchanged was the picture above, which we featured back in March as a Photo of the Day.
The Solar Impulse, an experimental super-lightweight aircraft powered by the sun, is busy flying across the US, making various stops along the way. Follow its progress over at http://www.solarimpulse.com/en/.