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(YouTube)   What good are expensive toys if you can't play with them just for fun? POV video of a fast-rope exercise from a CH-53E helicopter onto the USS Kearsarge   (youtube.com ) divider line
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DAR [TotalFark]
2014-07-09 02:55:28 PM  
I expected more action & less flight deck ops on a gator freighter.......k/dar
 
2014-07-09 04:30:18 PM  
Ahhh...the good old training days.  Those were fun.


/For other people--the closest I got was gym class.
 
2014-07-09 04:51:47 PM  
If I've learned one thing today, it's that the US Military has no idea how to edit video.

A lot of waste could be cut, Senator.
 
2014-07-09 05:17:35 PM  
Meh

/skip to 7:00
 
2014-07-09 05:34:34 PM  
Ahhhhhhhhhhhh. Good old reliable AIRBOYD.

I'm gonna luxuriate in every minute of this vid.
 
2014-07-09 05:43:07 PM  
7:07

geez, the interior of that old helo is kinda...scary...to my dumb civilian eyes.
 
2014-07-09 05:52:27 PM  
Kitty: geez, the interior of that old helo is kinda...scary...to my dumb civilian eyes.

I used to ride CH-46's (twin rotor helo similar in size) out to ships and land on the liddle-bitty landing pads on the back of destroyers. Pretty similar interior, with all the cabling and hydraulics hanging out. The main thing is the incredibly loud noise. Those ear muffs get really painful after a half hour of wear. But if you pull them off the noise is deafening.

/BTW, thanks for the shuttle suit pic. The cold weather suit isn't even going to be attempted until at least a year from now. Still trying to get the house up and running....
 
2014-07-09 05:55:31 PM  
If the guys aren't scared of her, then I should not be, either.

That was dandy!! Thanks subby.
 
2014-07-09 06:03:29 PM  

mark12A: Kitty: geez, the interior of that old helo is kinda...scary...to my dumb civilian eyes.

I used to ride CH-46's (twin rotor helo similar in size) out to ships and land on the liddle-bitty landing pads on the back of destroyers. Pretty similar interior, with all the cabling and hydraulics hanging out. The main thing is the incredibly loud noise. Those ear muffs get really painful after a half hour of wear. But if you pull them off the noise is deafening.

/BTW, thanks for the shuttle suit pic. The cold weather suit isn't even going to be attempted until at least a year from now. Still trying to get the house up and running....


Oh, OK.

Interesting note on the ear muffs, I didn't know they exerted such pressure on one's head/ears.

But squshed is better than going deaf.

You are very welcome for the ACES suit pics, and I promise to stop bugging you til then :D
 
2014-07-09 07:34:21 PM  
Practice? We're talking about practice?

/ too obscure???
 
2014-07-09 08:08:25 PM  
Good lord, how tall is that dude with the camera? Yeesh, he's like a frickin giant compared to everyone else in the video
 
2014-07-09 08:19:16 PM  
If that was the fast exercise I'd hate to see the slow one
 
2014-07-09 08:46:07 PM  

Kibbler: If that was the fast exercise I'd hate to see the slow one


it's practice.
 
2014-07-09 08:53:04 PM  
Slow rope exercise, I'm guessing they got a fresh shipment of n00bs.

I had no idea how effin loud it was inside a military helicopter or on a flight deck.  Everything was hand signals.  Too loud to yell over the noise, and you want radio silence.

Camera guy seemed tall because it's helmet mounted.
 
2014-07-09 09:05:52 PM  
I know it's helmet mounted, but the fact that you can see the tops of the other helmet mounted cameras in that video just adds to the dude's initial height
 
2014-07-09 09:11:53 PM  
Where's the fast part? Did I miss the fast part?

/civilian
 
2014-07-09 09:17:24 PM  
That stuff is not fun in rough seas when the deck comes up to meet you halfway.
 
2014-07-09 09:34:46 PM  

studebaker hoch: Slow rope exercise, I'm guessing they got a fresh shipment of n00bs.

I had no idea how effin loud it was inside a military helicopter or on a flight deck.  Everything was hand signals.  Too loud to yell over the noise, and you want radio silence.

Camera guy seemed tall because it's helmet mounted.


Very slow.  We were trained differently but I'm old enough that not much still applies.
 
2014-07-09 10:01:43 PM  

2wolves: studebaker hoch: Slow rope exercise, I'm guessing they got a fresh shipment of n00bs.

I had no idea how effin loud it was inside a military helicopter or on a flight deck.  Everything was hand signals.  Too loud to yell over the noise, and you want radio silence.

Camera guy seemed tall because it's helmet mounted.

Very slow.  We were trained differently but I'm old enough that not much still applies.


I'm guessing first timers with actual equipment but in otherwise the easiest conditions possible.

They're practicing for a reason.

I bet being shot at doubles anyone's down-rope speed.
 
2014-07-09 10:02:32 PM  
Doubles, heh, "halves".

That and the guy on top who just lets go and cleans everyone off the rope in one go.
 
2014-07-09 10:26:03 PM  
It seemed like that was all hand and leg action, that is, they had no mechanical aids or mechanical safeties?

I would have thought fast ropers used mechanical devices and perhaps even all ropers had mechanical safeties.
 
2014-07-09 11:26:35 PM  

studebaker hoch: 2wolves: studebaker hoch: Slow rope exercise, I'm guessing they got a fresh shipment of n00bs.

I had no idea how effin loud it was inside a military helicopter or on a flight deck.  Everything was hand signals.  Too loud to yell over the noise, and you want radio silence.

Camera guy seemed tall because it's helmet mounted.

Very slow.  We were trained differently but I'm old enough that not much still applies.

I'm guessing first timers with actual equipment but in otherwise the easiest conditions possible.

They're practicing for a reason.

I bet being shot at doubles anyone's down-rope speed.


The white shirt on the deck had to physically grab one FNG and steer him to the rally point.  On a flight deck.  With no other Marines in sight.
 
2014-07-09 11:59:51 PM  

2wolves: studebaker hoch: 2wolves: studebaker hoch: Slow rope exercise, I'm guessing they got a fresh shipment of n00bs.

I had no idea how effin loud it was inside a military helicopter or on a flight deck.  Everything was hand signals.  Too loud to yell over the noise, and you want radio silence.

Camera guy seemed tall because it's helmet mounted.

Very slow.  We were trained differently but I'm old enough that not much still applies.

I'm guessing first timers with actual equipment but in otherwise the easiest conditions possible.

They're practicing for a reason.

I bet being shot at doubles anyone's down-rope speed.

The white shirt on the deck had to physically grab one FNG and steer him to the rally point.  On a flight deck.  With no other Marines in sight.


That was painful to watch. But hey, it's probably a ribbon, right?
 
2014-07-10 12:29:11 AM  

RoyBatty: It seemed like that was all hand and leg action, that is, they had no mechanical aids or mechanical safeties?

I would have thought fast ropers used mechanical devices and perhaps even all ropers had mechanical safeties.


Nope... just grab and slide down, and hope you aren't the guy carrying the PRC-77

Good times... these would have been handy back in my day:

img2u.info
 
2014-07-10 12:32:59 AM  

Kittypie070: 7:07

geez, the interior of that old helo is kinda...scary...to my dumb civilian eyes.


I got to do touch-and-goes on a CH-46 that had hydraulic lines "repaired" with what appeared to be (the ever popular, at least for us Marines) cloth medical tape.

...and by "repaired" I mean, of course, that the fluid wasn't spitting out, but just kind of dribbling along the line.
 
2014-07-10 12:46:29 AM  

LesserEvil: RoyBatty: It seemed like that was all hand and leg action, that is, they had no mechanical aids or mechanical safeties?

I would have thought fast ropers used mechanical devices and perhaps even all ropers had mechanical safeties.

Nope... just grab and slide down, and hope you aren't the guy carrying the PRC-77

Good times... these would have been handy back in my day:

[img2u.info image 300x300]


Shut.
Up.

Just shut up.
/Oh, ya, I'll take the 60.
 
2014-07-10 01:44:47 AM  
Seems like it would have been faster to just set the helicopter back down on the deck and just walk off.
 
2014-07-10 04:17:05 AM  
Is there something special about the Kearsarge that it seems to see so much action?
 
2014-07-10 04:47:11 AM  

mark12A: Kitty: geez, the interior of that old helo is kinda...scary...to my dumb civilian eyes.

I used to ride CH-46's (twin rotor helo similar in size) out to ships and land on the liddle-bitty landing pads on the back of destroyers. Pretty similar interior, with all the cabling and hydraulics hanging out. The main thing is the incredibly loud noise. Those ear muffs get really painful after a half hour of wear. But if you pull them off the noise is deafening.

/BTW, thanks for the shuttle suit pic. The cold weather suit isn't even going to be attempted until at least a year from now. Still trying to get the house up and running....


Similar in size....not quite. CH-46s are a smaller cousin of the CH-47 the US Army flies. The CH-47 is slightly smaller than the CH-53 in terms of width, but it can carry more troops and useful weight than the CH-47.
 
2014-07-10 11:02:00 AM  

AteMyBrain: If I've learned one thing today, it's that the US Military has no idea how to edit video.

A lot of waste could be cut, Senator.


This way, you get the full "Hurry up and wait" military experience.
 
2014-07-10 07:32:09 PM  
i only regret 3 of the 6 minutes i devoted to that.  the 'action' starts just after 7 minutes followed by little to no action after the camera guy is done.  but hey, it was mildly interesting.  for about 3min.
 
2014-07-10 07:52:57 PM  

studebaker hoch: Slow rope exercise, I'm guessing they got a fresh shipment of n00bs.

I had no idea how effin loud it was inside a military helicopter or on a flight deck.  Everything was hand signals.  Too loud to yell over the noise, and you want radio silence.

Camera guy seemed tall because it's helmet mounted.


Yes those choppers are loud.  I've been fortunate enough (if that's the word) to be in San Diego twice during Navy Week, and they do a lot of exercises in the bay, guys dropping down ropes into the water.  The birds weren't as big as this one, but they are loud.  Even from 500+ feet away.
 
2014-07-10 09:27:18 PM  
The cruise ship in question:

upload.wikimedia.org

That steel has some stories to tell.
 
2014-07-10 11:27:31 PM  
A V-22 Osprey flew over my workplace, leaving a trail of sounding car alarms in its wake.

I'm glad they're only around occasionally.  Life would suck with those all over the place.
 
2014-07-11 01:26:01 AM  
Kearsarge is badass.
 
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