POTD: Minigun Monday VII

    We’re back in the river, the Cape Fear River, in the seventh edition of the Photo Of The Day: Minigun Monday. The location is Elizabethtown, NC (USA) and we’re looking (above) at Nestor Gonzalez, attending the Riverine Crewman Course (RCC), as he mans the M134 Minigun aboard a Riverine Patrol Boat.

    Below: With 880 horses in his right hand, Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Matthew Watson looks just as happy as having a Minigun. The 2 × 440 hp Yanmar diesel engines drive two Hamilton HJ292 water pumpjets, up to the speed of around 40 knots so the Minigun can get where it needs to get.

    Below: “A high-speed turn with a Riverine Assault Boat on Cape Fear River during the Riverine Crewman Course (RCC). Students with RCC and the Riverine Security Team Member course are completing the Cape Fear Final Skills Assessment administered by the Center for Security Forces Learning Site Lejeune.” (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Dustin Q. Diaz)

    All photos by U.S. Navy Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Dustin Q. Diaz.

    You can check out the boats from US Marine, Inc. here, and the 33’ Special Operations Craft Riverine specifically here.