I saw some pictures of USN Seals wearing blue jeans. My question is what the reason for that?
I believe that the Navy has always worn blue jeans for work uniform.
About the Ravens docu. In part 4 at around 1:50 you'll see a C-123 or a C-7 dropping some kind of incendiary ordonance. Any idea what exactly that is?
Just found this thread, wanted to say thank you all.
Referring to a bit of an old post but I'm not totally sure this is a Kiwi pilot. He's definitely navy of somewhere, whether he was an RNZN pilot I'm not totally certain. I know the RNZAF sent pilots to 9 Squadron and they flew operationally in the war but I didn't think it happened for RNZN aircrew. So I'm a little doubtful but happy to be proven wrong.
@ Zorro I just checked my copy of Target Charlie which is a comprehensive history of Australian aviation in Vietnam and it mentions the 16 RNZAF pilots who flew with 9 Squadron RAAF during the war but no mention of any RNZN personnel. However 9 Sqn did have a small detachment of Royal Australian Navy pilots for about a year and with a little googling I found this pic of their commander, RAN Lieutenant Commander R.A Waddell-Wood, who is the spitting image of the bloke in the picture.
Look at that! Nice work Sandy. Thanks for the info, sometimes the old brain gets it reasonably right!
Thks for the photos ! Tiger *****es is the best cam ever...
One question please, without disrespect what were the limits for eyeglasses wearing persons ? i dont see them in recent photos of special forces from around the globe (except those protection things) i know about lasik and other modern stuff. For someone with myopia its really bad to not have glasses on when looking at a distance and/or night. I repeat its just a question out of curiosity and nothing else, thanks.
Jim Bolen, 1-0 of RT Auger before a mission (as a door gunner on a Huey gunship...)
I have just posted the first of a series of interviews with SOG legend Jim Bolen. They include a lot of his own photos, and his explanations of what they show, and I'm going to post one interview a month.
This is the first: http://peteralanlloyd.com/general-ne...oss-the-fence/
The Australian SAS sent a squadron of soldiers for year–long tours to South Vietnam in the period 1966-1971. In 1971 the Squadron that was last to tour consisted of several patrols, The Vietnamese referred to the Australian SAS as the “phantoms of the jungle”, B9S23 was one of those patrols and consisted of: Comd: Graham Brammer, OAM;
2IC: Johannes (Hans) Fleer, AM DCM; (far left)
Scout: Robert (Bob) Kilsby;
Signaller: Ian (Snow) Lawrance; and
Medic/Demolition Man: Hartley Smithwick.
Hans did two 1 year tours of South Viet Nam with only a month separating them, he received a Distinguished Conduct Medal while serving with 6RAR and went on to complete SASR selection and return to Viet Nam 9 months after his second tour to do another 8 month tour as a SASR Patrol 2IC.Colonel Hans Fleer, AM. DCM. the Honorary Colonel of 2 Commando Regiment, passed away yesterday.
COL Fleer was originally from 6 RAR and SASR and was instrumental in the raising of the Full time Commando Capability in 4 RAR (Cdo) in the very early days. He played a huge role in the guidance and influence of many a young and aspiring Commando coming through the selection courses in those early years.
He was affectionately called 'The Ice Man" by those who had known him due to his no nonsense look he gave you through his piercing cold blue eyes, as he didn't look at you, he looked through you.
COL Fleer was bestowed the honour of the being 2 Commando Regiments first Honoury Colonel in 2012. He is a legend and an icon to those from the SAS that knew him and to those of the original full time Commando Capability.
Lest We Forget, RIP.