Here’s more photos from Fleet Week 2009 in New York City. These are the USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) Amphibious Assault Carrier, carries Marines to shores, called a “Gator Freighter” because it takes Marines from sea to land like an alligator.
Here’s below deck of the Iwo Jima, including the troops, displays, berthing area, crew’s mess, Navy Corpsmen (most beloved by Marines), troops donating blood, and a WWII sailor who said he wanted to reenlist.
Next are photos of the USS Roosevelt (DDG-80 ) a destroyer, posing in front of the ship is a female recruiter, and the USS Rossevelt SOY (Sailor of the Year).
Following are more displays from the Naval Research Laboratory which invents amazing high-tech equipment, including drone aircraft, and the “Swordfish” an underwater drone that takes pictures of problems under the ship. Posing with the drones are the sailors that operate them. Also some new technology from NRL including welding that doesn’t need gas or heat. Plus some ballistic missiles, like the one used to for the satelite intercept in Feb 2008. The USO was there too.
Next are photos from the Coast Guard ship USCGC Spencer, a Coast Guard ship. The Spencer has been extremely busy. Homeported in Boston, they have been fighting druggies, rescuing ships from other countries, and intercepting migrants up and down the east coast. A Coast Guard Petty Officer told us of a 35-foot vessel that had over 300 Haitians on it that they rescued, took onboard, fed, medical exams, and returned to safety.
Next are pictures as I headed downtown, including this first one showing a female MP with a Special Agent at the pier, followed by photos of troops downtown.
In an Irish pub with sailors JB and Rick. We met a Swiss Army soldier who had just returned from 8 months in Afghanistan. He and his fiance partied with us for a good while.
Here’s a soldier wearing a beret. I asked him what service he was in and he said “I’m a British Royal Marine” and I said, “Are you an officer?” and he said, “No, I’m a Marine”.
Later I got to spend some time with Pamela Geller (Atlas Shrugs). She’s a very good friend of the Sheepdogs and our Victory Movement and told me to tell everyone “You are all doing a great job supporting our troops in West Chester.”
Finally, is a photo of Jean and her Marine husband Jerry. Jerry is the CO of Bridge Company B which is getting ready to deploy to Iraq. They had a barbeque at their home in New Jersey. We will be thinking of Jerry and all his Marines as they prepare to go into harm’s way to keep us safe at home.
I wish everyone could experience Fleet Week. It really makes you appreciate all the skill, training, courage, and patriotism that our troops have. They truly are America’s heroes and deserve all our thanks and praise.