Seaman Alvaro Schneider throws a man overboard training dummy off of the flight deck of the guided-missile destroyer USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) May 11, 2020. Paul Hamilton 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 Pacific through the Western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points.
The Pic of the Day: Man overboard!
Daniel G · 2 weeks ago
“Break out the Oscar Flag!”
My first man overboard drill in the Pacific was like all the others. It was a drill and the “gunnery” crew on a USS Niagara Falls tried to look like they were hustling the rescue craft into the water. They made their way out to Oscar, the only sailor who never drowns. Hook over the side to pull Oscar aboard....
Suddenly the crew looked ALL BUSINESS!
The craft turned sharply and made straight for the lifts at the side of the ship. I’ve never seen anybody hustle every procedure in the book.
Then the Senior Chief held up Oscar...
Oscar was missing his left leg! All of it! Ragged strips of cloth trailed from Oscar’s body! A shark had made it to Oscar before we did, and suddenly the entire crew wanted to be safely inside the gunwales....
We secured the Oscar flag and advised the supply officer on our supply ship that the Niagara Falls was in need of a new Oscar for drills.
Yeah, it was hot, but nobody was in the mood for a swim day.
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