Sunday, September 7, 2008

Seal Beach, California September 2008

I was driving along PCH on my way to Long Beach when I spotted a long line of cars making their way to the US Navy Weapons Station in Seal Beach. I saw a navy ship at dockside so I figured it was an invitation by the US Navy for the public to tour their ship, a thing they often do at many of their bases. The ship is the guided missile frigate USS McClusky, not as impressive as a battleship or an aircraft carrier, but nevertheless worth a look.

There is a long wait in line to board the ship so I decided to check out their display of war armaments while waiting for the crowd to thin out.

A lightly armored vehicle armed with a machine gun
An armorless version?






These kids wanted their picture taken with a couple of marines, one of which is pregnant. This is probably a problem when you have females in the military service. I am sure they can fight as well as men but when they are pregnant they can't be combat ready or can they?

9 comments:

Lawstude said...

These are really awesome shots. Massive HP crafts.

Thanks for the birthday greeting. Truly appreciate it. Linked you too.

Senor Enrique said...

Last time I was at a similar event was in Baltimore, MD years ago. It was fun! But what I'd really wanted to experience is to go inside one of the US nuclear submarines. Only saw interiors of which in the movies.

bertN said...

I was looking at the huge troop transport truck and I can't help thinking about the mileage it gets. Probably it is measured in gallons per mile instead of miles per gallon LOL. Thanks for dropping by.

bertN said...

I've never seen the inside of a nuclear sub myself. I've been inside the US sub "USS Pampanito"(in San Francisco) and the Russian sub "Scorpion" (in Long Beach). They are no longer in active service and I have to pay to get it LOL.

rolly said...

I think there have been instances when the US Navy would have their battle ship docked in Manila Bay and have people visit them. Unfortunately, I never got to experience this. Gusto ko pa naman maging US navy ng Japan nun. hehe

bertN said...

rolly, I think you are right about that. Didn't the Australian Navy at one time invited the public to check out one of their training ships that visited Manila also? Or was it the British Navy?

dailyphotographer said...

wow a perfect photo opportunity. great shots sir:D

the donG said...

bertn, thanks for dropping by my blog. you've got some good features here.

regarding your question on the white oddball. it's a place where people flock during the easter celebration. there's a reneactment being done there of mary meeting the risen Christ.

bertN said...

dailyphotographer, thanks for dropping by.

the dong, thanks for the info and for the visit.