Go Navy! Team leadership in action!

Here’s a video of an amazing rescue undertaken by a highly trained US Navy helicopter team lead by Lt. Brandon Sheets.  Watch to the very end to get the leadership lesson.

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Here’s the full story via King5.com: Whidbey crew talks about amazing Skokomish River bridge rescue

Shiver Me Timbers! Bloggers Board USS Nimitz

USS Nimitz Some bigtime bloggers were running around the USS Nimitz over the weekend like a bunch of Somali teenage pirates on a fully laden supertanker.

The leader of the pack was Guy Kawasaki who wrote another comprehensive post (24 Hours at Sea on the USS Nimitz) about life at sea in the Navy on his always entertaining How to Change the World blog. You may recall Sea-Fever’s earlier post (Guy’s Excellent Naval Adventure) about his time served (as a blogger, not sailor) aboard the USS John C. Stennis, a Nimitz-class nuclear-powered supercarrier in the US Navy, named for Senator John C. Stennis of Mississippi. Like that earlier post, this one is chock full of photos, video and really good info.

Kawasaki is also the founder of the popular Alltop website and master marketer that never misses an opportunity to promote his business interests.

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YouTube – F18 Landing Over Jennifer Leo’s Shoulder

There’s some decent photography about this adventure too.

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More shameless self-promotion or is the government now selling sponsorships as part of the deficit reduction plan?

Sponsor-a-Bomb Program

Here are the other pirates bloggers, some of whom posted and some not yet, but you should still check out their blogs in case they do after I post this. They all write good stuff!

Pirate Bloggers

Great PR and blogger outreach by the US Navy! Looks like fun too!

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The Impeccable Sea Story

My podcasting partner and friend, Captain John Konrad has done an “Impeccable” job covering the recent confrontation between several Chinese vessels and a US Navy ship. Check out his FAQ post and this video if you want to learn more. (USNS Impeccable – Harassed by Chinese Navy + FAQ)

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YouTube – USNS Impeccable VS China- FAQ

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FotoFriday: How to pay a pirate – part II

Remember we showed you how to pay a pirate to get back your $250,000,000 oil filled tanker? Well, it seems it take twice as many parachutes to get your cargo shipped filled with military equipment released. Here’s a picture taken by the US Navy via MarineBuzz via @oldsailor on Twitter.

CLICK FOR HI-REZ - 090204-N-3931M-427 INDIAN OCEAN (Feb. 4, 2009) Ransom money is dropped in the vicinity of the MV Faina off the coast of Somalia near Hobyo while under observation by a U.S. Navy ship. Pirates did not actually leave the ship until Feb. 5, more than 24 hours after this photo was taken. The Belize-flagged cargo ship is operated by Kaalbye Shipping Ukraine and is carrying a cargo of Ukranian T-72 tanks and related equipment. The ship was attacked Sept. 25, 2008 by pirates and forced to proceed to anchorage off the Somali Coast. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michael R. McCormick/Released)

Photo on official US Navy website plus more photos.

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Guy’s Excellent Naval Adventure

Some of you might be familiar with Guy Kawasaki. He’s a hockey player, author, former Apple employee and prolific Twitterer. I’m not sure but he might even be part of the famous Kawasaki motorcycle dynasty.

One thing I do know is that he’s a pretty famous blogger and he recently wrote the “longest post in the history of blogging” about 26 hours aboard the USS John C. Stennis, a Nimitz-class nuclear-powered supercarrier in the US Navy, named for Senator John C. Stennis of Mississippi.

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Guy had the great fortune to see America’s finest up close and personal and he took lots of pictures and posted them to his blog. There’s also some video there too like this scan from the ADMIRAL’s seat and a few landings.

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YouTube – Admiral’s View

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YouTube – Landings

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It’s a great post! Check out and subscribe to Guy’s blog, you won’t be disappointed.

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