Currently out to sea off the coast of Japan.
I’m trying something a little different here with this post. Through the emails I receive from Navy recruits and people interested in the military, I understand that my website appears when people search different topics related to the U.S. Navy. Thus, I’d like to give a glimpse of what I actually do in the U.S. Navy when the ship I am on- USS Blue Ridge- is out at sea.
Mostly what I share on my website has to do with my travels- both solo and the ports I go to with my ship. I like separating my life in Navy as I would any other job. But these last few months, it’s been different. I can tell you that the friends I’ve made recently on the ship, the places we’ve gone to (eight countries to three months), and the experiences I’ve had have made this one of the best out to sea times I’ve had in the two and half years I’ve been aboard.
With the many places we’ve traveled to and the many opportunities I’ve had behind the camera, I’ve noticed my photography has gotten a lot better and my improvements at it have made me enjoy my work even more.
When you wake up at 5 a.m. every morning while out to sea, you never know what the day is going to bring. There are drills, cleaning, exercises and other “normal routines” that you know you’ll have to do. But it’s the unplanned things that make the days fun. Like a few days ago when I went up to the main deck to shoot the Marines during their weapons training. Or when I took pictures of a weapon that fires 100 round a minute (the Phalanx CIWS) and captured an image that Sailors in the rate community which handle that weapon shared around the world. It’s those moments which make me love my job. That’s why I am sharing them now. Hope you enjoy the following images that I took within the last few weeks aboard the USS Blue Ridge. Shout out to the Marines of FAST 3rd Platoon for allowing me to take their environmental portraits.
(All U.S. Navy photographs by Fidel C. Hart/Released)
Thank you for taking the time to view this post. Now you see a little of what I do on the ship as a photographer in the U.S. Navy. If you would like to view more of my Navy images, you can check out my ship’s Facebook page. But don’t it before you like my Facebook page, ha ha.