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    Bean Bag Drop [Image 1 of 16]

    Bean Bag Drop

    190804-N-GV721-1040
    ARABIAN GULF (Aug. 4, 2019) Naval Air Crew (Helicopter) 2nd Class Joe Swanson from Chicago Heights, Ill., assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 21 (HSC) 21, conducts a bean-bag drop exercise to communicate with amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). During World War II, in order for airborne pilots to safely communicate with the ship each plane was equipped with several “bean-bags” that is, with weighted cloth containers in which a note could be placed and dropped to the deck of the carrier as the pilot slowly flew over in a landing configuration. Boxer is part of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group and 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit and is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the Western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brian P. Caracci/Released)

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    Date Taken: 08.04.2019
    Date Posted: 08.05.2019 05:36
    Photo ID: 5642861
    VIRIN: 190804-N-GV721-1040
    Resolution: 2250x1500
    Size: 836.78 KB
    Location: ARABIAN GULF

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