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US Navy off the Coast of Japan

Posted by Laurie Frost on March 25, 2011

This post again features US Navy public domain pictures of the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan two weeks ago. If you visited this blog after the earthquake in Haiti last year, you’ll note a number of differences. There aren’t many on the ground pictures from Japan, or pictures of survivors and search and rescue or recover activities, compared to those we saw last year.

One thing I learned from these pictures that I haven’t seen mentioned elsewhere is that the  Department of Defense facilitated a voluntary departure of Department of Defense dependents. I’m not clear how many people were involved, but there are a number of pictures of families departing Japan and arriving at various US cities at the US Navy’s Eye on the Fleet website, the source of all these images and captions, suggesting that a lot of folks understandably have taken advantage of this program. The second picture here shows another scene peculiar to this disaster —  sailors scrubbing the decks of the ship in case of radiation contamination.

111803-N-BR887-007 YOKOSUKA, Japan (March 18, 2011) The child of a U.S. Navy Sailor waits for transportation out of Yokosuka. Navy families voluntarily returning to the United States spend the afternoon waiting in line to register for travel. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Juan Manuel Pinalez/Released)

110323-N-DM338-113 PACIFIC OCEAN (March 22, 2011) Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) conduct a countermeasure wash down on the flight deck. Sailors scrubbed the external surfaces on the flight deck and island superstructure to remove potential radiation contamination. Ronald Reagan is operating off the coast of Japan providing humanitarian assistance as directed in support of Operation Tomodachi. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Nicholas A. Groesch/Released)

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US Navy Images of Devastation in Japan

Posted by Laurie Frost on March 15, 2011

Last year I found that the US Navy News Service: Eye on the Fleet was a good source for public domain images of the aftermath of Haiti’s earthquake. I returned to that site tonight; here are a few examples of the growing collection of images from Japan. Captions are copied from that site.

110313-N-SB672-164 PACIFIC OCEAN (March 13, 2011) A Japanese home is seen adrift in the Pacific Ocean. Ships and aircraft from the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group are searching for survivors in the coastal waters near Sendai, Japan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dylan McCord/Released)

110313-N-5503T-176 PACIFIC OCEAN (March 13, 2011) An aerial view of debris from an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami that struck northern Japan. The debris was inspected by a helicopter-based search and rescue team from the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ships and aircraft from the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group are searching for survivors in the coastal waters near Sendai, Japan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Alexander Tidd/Released)

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Burials at Sea

Posted by Laurie Frost on May 29, 2010

I was looking for BP oil spill photos on the Navy’s Eye on the Fleet pages when I came across these public domain images of burials at sea. I don’t know how they might be of use to anyone, but the procedures intrigued me, and they seem appropriate viewing for Memorial Day weekend.

Burials can involve either casketed or cremated remains. Note the special apparatus used for funneling the cremated remains away from the ship and into the sea — I suppose it is to prevent an ocean wind from blowing them back onto the deck.

If you are interested in the criteria for being buried at sea, this is the page to visit at navy.mil. Here is a brief news story describing the experience of participating in one of these ceremonies.

Number in brackets is the image’s ID for quick searching to download high resolution files. There are many more at the Eye on the Fleet site; searching “burial at sea” yields 287 images.

Flag bearers snap to attention before removing the American flag from the casket of Chief Photographer's Mate Edgar Tiemann during a burial-at-sea ceremony aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48).

Flag bearers remove the American flag from the casket of Chief Photographer's Mate Edgar Tiemann during a burial-at-sea ceremony aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48).

The remains of 13 Sailors and Marines are interned in the Atlantic Ocean during a burial-at-sea ceremony aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48).

Honor guards stand at attention before removing the American flag and releasing the casket of one of 13 sailors and Marines interned in the Atlantic Ocean during a burial-at-sea ceremony aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) Feb. 23, 2008. U.S. Navy photos by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Mandy Hunsucker [080223-N-7987H-023, 080223-N-7987H-025, 080223-N-7987H-037]

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