The musings, rants, and dissertations of three retired military guys. Two Air Force, one Navy. The Old AF Sarge, Juvat, and Tuna.
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Cruise vids can't compete, but they can try.
Sarge's cockpit videos and low-pass flyby's are great and those types of videos are some of the best that aviation has to offer. However, my all-time favorite video from my time in the Navy is the one above. It was filmed on the USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) when I served as part of her crew. The piece starts with a few still photos, but is fairly well synchronized with music and video kicking in with footage from the early morning we deployed from Naval Station Bremerton one day in late July 2001. We got to the Northern Arabian Sea on September 10th, transiting toward the Gulf for what was supposed to be an uneventful Operation Southern Watch deployment, turning over with the USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65). However, things didn't quite work out the way we planned, with OSW turning into Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. The video reminds me of what a historic deployment that was, as we launched the first strikes into Afghanistan in October, raising a huge battle flag, and how the whole crew felt immensely proud to do what we were trained for.