The boss sent this around this morning- For those of you who are interested, when you watch this, I would ask that you remember two things.
1. EVERY person you see in uniform is a VOLUNTEER.
2. This was NOT scripted by the Navy!
If you watch, take a minute and give thanks that these young men and women are out there on the pointy end of the stick for YOU!!!
I would like to give you some background on this weekend’s airing of Discovery’s Military Channel 3-part documentary entitled “At Sea.” We approached Discovery late last year and pitched them on doing a major documentary about the Navy and the Maritime Strategy. As part of our pitch, we offered tremendous access to the Navy and proposed that, in addition to the major documentary to air on Military Channel, they would produce a 30 minute documentary that could be shown at the Navy Memorial and the more than 100 nautical/maritime centers around the country. Additionally, we pitched that they produce twelve 3-5 minute videos that will tell the Navy story and could be used during speeches, presentations, etc. They accepted and the main product will air beginning Sunday night.
Edit- I’m dumber than dirt, forgot to put a link in, so now the link is HERE.
SECNAV and CNO have both viewed the aviation hour and came back with very favorable reviews. And this past Monday evening at the Navy Memorial, the Under SECNAV expressed his excitement about the documentary after viewing the premiere screening with 150 other guests.
For six months, Military Channel production crews captured rarely documented operations, weapons, and technologies across the breadth of naval operations, while embarked aboard U.S. Navy ships, submarines and aircraft.
The first part of the project was originally due to be complete in late fall. During the spring we asked to accelerate the product in order to get our story out there. We were able to coordinate schedules with C4F and C5F for OPS in that AOR, but due to the compressed production timeline we fell shy of capturing OPS in C6F and C7F. However, Military Channel made the impossible – possible, and produced a three-hour mini-series (Aviation, Surface, and Undersea) that demonstrates the entirety of the US Navy’s power, flexibility and interoperability within today’s global maritime environment. It is a great snapshot of what the US Navy brings to the fight – today – around the world.
“At Sea” will highlight operations such as: antipiracy efforts; drug smuggling interdiction; control and international terrorism prevention. Some of the ships and aircraft that were featured are:
USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) – San Diego, CA USS Boxer (LHD 4) – San Diego, CA USS Annapolis (SSN 760) – Groton, CT USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) – Norfolk, VA USNS Comfort (T AH 20) – Baltimore, MD USS Florida (SSBN 728) – Kings Bay, GA USS Chinook (PC 9) – Manama, Bahrain
Carrier Air Wing 7, NAS Oceana, VA
Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 143 Pukin’ Dogs NAS Oceana, VA Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 103 Jolly Rogers NAS Oceana, VA Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83 Rampagers NAS Oceana, VA Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 Wildcats NAS Oceana, VA Carrier Airborne Early Warning (VAW) 121 Bluetails NAS Norfolk, VA Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 140 Patriots NAS Whidbey Island, WA Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron (HS-5) Nightdippers NAS JAX, FL Patrol Squadron (VP-45) Pelicans NAS JAX, FL
Military Channel will begin airing the series Sunday-Tuesday, Aug. 9-11 at 10 p.m. Sunday will focus on aviation dominance, Monday will focus on surface dominance, and Tuesday will focus on undersea dominance.
And if the P-3 looks like the one at the top of the page, it’s because it’s the SAME model I flew, and I did 10 years in Jax (hell I probably flew on that BUNO at some point or the other)!
Go. Watch. Enjoy!