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Six Things to Pack for a DV Embark

Through good graces, you’ve been nominated and selected to participate in the Navy’s Distinguished Visitors (DV) Embark Program. You can let out a “woo hoo,” don’t be ashamed. As your departure date nears, you’ll have to pack for this short but dense trip. What do you bring? Embarking on a military aircraft carrier is not […]

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Surprises While Touring the USS Nimitz

During the short, overnight embark on the USS Nimitz, there were a few surprises (to me anyways). Here’s a list in no particular order. COD Landing and Takeoff There’s a lot of attention placed on the catapult launch off the carrier. Truly, it is an exhilarating experience. But there’s not much mentioned about the arrested […]

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Marines Flying Jets from a Naval Vessel?

There are Marine Corps aviators flying jets from the Navy’s supercarrier, the USS Nimitz? Call sign SAS from the VMFA-323 “Death Rattlers” squadron explains this long-standing arrangement. USS Nimitz Death Rattlers from Gee Why on Vimeo. Sorry, I missed the part about the squadron’s history explaining the Death Rattler name, but you can read about […]

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Sounds from the USS Nimitz

I’ve given you pictures and videos from my DV embark on the USS Nimitz.  How about some of the sounds from the ship? This first one is boring. It’s the continual drone you hear during the COD flight. This is without ear protection. It’s loud. And it’s non-stop. Can you imagine listening to this for […]

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USS Nimitz Flight Operations

I wrote about my observations onboard the USS Nimitz, but when talking about an aircraft carrier, there’s the obvious question, “Where are the jets?” Here they are. Cue up the Top Gun music (it’s a must). Unfortunately, there were no flight operations at night so I didn’t get to witness the skills of the pilots […]

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Ambassadors of Aloha

It began in 2009.  This was the very first time I had heard of the US Navy’s Distinguished Visitors’ Embark program where a few fortunate, Hawaii-based personalities participated in an unforgetable adventure.  I dub this Class of 2009 as the Ambassadors of Aloha, paving the way for the rest who followed.  The Ambassadors of Aloha […]

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Asia-Pacific Homeland Security Summit

Got to attend the Asia-Pacific Homeland Security Summit for work. A bunch of State, Federal, and DoD bigwigs were in attendance though I missed seeing Governor Linda Lingle. Since this is a security summit and all, security was tight. The Sheriff’s Department and National Guardsmen were out in force, guard dogs were patrolling, metal detectors […]

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