Periodically we’ll be sharing favorite photos we’ve come across in putting together our various publications and the DMN website. These photos won’t necessarily be the newest or the most newsworthy, in any kind of chronological order, or even an equal representation of each service. They are photos that sometimes depict important events, sometimes illustrate the everyday service of men and women in the armed forces, and sometimes just struck us as being great compositions or arresting images. This week’s photos focus on foreign forces.
Top 10 Shots: Military Photos June 9, 2011
A Brazilian navy AF-1 (formerly A-4KU) Skyhawk embarked on the Brazilian aircraft carrier BNS Sao Paulo (A12) performs a touch and go landing aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Reagan was under way circumnavigating South America on the way to her new homeport of San Diego, Calif., while participating in exercises supporting Summer Pulse 2004. Well-loved by its pilots, the trusty Skyhawk still serves the Argentinean and Brazilian navies, as well as Singapore, 67 years after its first flight. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 1st Class John S. Lill Kuwaiti soldiers stand by to participate in the National Day military parade in Kuwait City, Kuwait, Feb. 26, 2011. The parade was part of celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of Kuwait's independence from Great Britain and the 20th anniversary of the ouster of Iraqi forces from Kuwait during the Persian Gulf War. DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley, U.S. Navy An AV-8B Harrier II from the Spanish aircraft carrier Principe de Asturias (R 11) prepares to land after a live fire exercise as part of a passing exercise with ships assigned to Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG-2). SNMG-2 was established as an immediate reaction force and as NATO’s maritime ready response force. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Leonardo Carrillo The Royal Thai Navy frigate HTMS Bangpakong (FFG 456) under way alongside the guided-missile destroyer USS Higgins (DDG 76) in 2001. U.S Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. Alex Mabini A two-ship of Israeli air force F-16Is from Ramon Air Base, Israel, head out to the Nevada Test and Training Range, July 17, 2009, during Red Flag 09-4. In Israeli service, the F-16I is known as the Sufa, or Storm. Red Flag is a realistic combat training exercise involving the air forces of the United States and its allies. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Kevin J. Gruenwald French Navy frigate FS Guepratte (F714) prepares to come alongside the USS Stephen W. Groves (FFG 29) as part of an exercise during Africa Partnership Station (APS) East in the Indian Ocean, March 14, 2011. DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class William Jamieson, U.S. Navy As seen from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), an Argentinian navy S-2 Tracker performs a low approach exercise. The beloved "Stoof," named after its U.S. Navy designation S-2F, lives on, its radial piston engines replaced by turbo-props, in the Argentinean navy. Carl Vinson was under way off the coast of Argentina supporting Southern Seas 2010, a U.S. Southern Command-directed operation that provides U.S. and international forces the opportunity to operate in a multi-national environment. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Joshua Boyer The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Oyashio-class submarine JS Uzushio (SS 592) prepares to get under way after a port visit to U.S. Naval Base Guam. Uzushio was conducting training on undersea tactics, anti-submarine warfare and war time strategies. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Melvin A. Nobeza A German soldier scans the horizon while standing guard near a U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook helicopter with the 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division during an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) recovery mission in Kunduz province, Afghanistan, Dec. 20, 2010. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sean Harriman An SH-60F Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Chargers of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 14 flies by the Republic of Korea Dokdo-class amphibious assault ship ROKS Dokdo (LPH 6111) as it cruises through the East Sea. The Republic of Korea and the United States were conducting the combined alliance maritime and air readiness exercise “Invincible Spirit” in the seas east of the Korean peninsula from July 25-28, 2010. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Charles Oki