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Thanks for the comments. In response to a couple of them.

I really like that shot of the CH-53

If you meant the upper right hand corner, You are almost right. It is an H-53, you just got the variant wrong. It is an MH-53E(Mine Countermeasueres) versus a CH-53 (Cargo) but close enough. The differences are trivial and most wouldn’t be able to tell.

Were those your ships?

Although I didn’t take all the pictures, yes those are “my” ships and “my” aircraft. Actually, there are a few more ships that I couldn’t fit in but some of them were the same class of ships as those already depicted so I didn’t think it would hurt to leave them out.

I had a very varied career, I went to different communities every time I transferred. Many sailors get tied into a platform (F-18, E-2, H-60 etc) and never work with anything else their whole career. I was fortunate enough to switch around a lot. My 21 years never got boring.

Command Aircraft Ships
VQ-2 Rota Spain EA-3B Skywarrior, EP-3E Orion None
Instructor duty NATTC, Millington, TN None None
HSL-34 Norfolk, VA SH-2F Sea Sprite USS Trippe (FF-1075), USS Antrim (FFG-20), USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2), USS Moinester (FF-1097)
Ship’s Company (Security Dept) None USS Enterprise (CVN-65)
HC-8, Norfolk, VA CH-46D Sea Knight None
HM-14, Norfolk, VA MH-53E Sea Stallion USS Inchon (MCS-12, formerly LPH-12)
VAW-120, Norfolk, VA E-2C Hawkeye, C-2A Greyhound USS George Washington (CVN-73), USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75)

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