Thursday, April 15, 2021

From the Dept. of Learning Something New Every Day

I admit: I was not aware the U.S. Navy had a drill team (although I am not in the least surprised). Here it is, in an impressive performance from several years ago.


Steve Skubinna said...

Looks like they're carrying M1903 Springfields. When I was at Navy OCS in the Seventies we all were issued an M1 Garand for D&C. It had a somewhat tricky "Inspection Arms" procedure that was the source of the dreaded "Garand Thumb."

bruce said...

Well the Australian Navy's 101 Doll Squadron are doing their thing to celebrate commission of a new ship:

Supposed to be 'controversial' but I don't hear many blokes complaining. Good for them. Looks like they need more rehearsals though.

Steve Skubinna said...

I saw that a few days ago. Lots of harrumphing. My favorite was some clown asked what would Horatio Nelson say if he saw that?

My money is on Horatio saying "Say what? Australia has its own navy? No freakin' way, man!"

bruce said...

He'd probably get Lady Hamilton's dressmaker to make her up one of those outfits. Love the berets.

Yeah in Nelson's day we were living on handouts from India (a twist) awaiting those supply ships from Calcutta and lots of rum, barely surviving.

RebeccaH said...

When I was a teenager, we went to Six Flags Over Texas, and one of the entertainments was the Confederate Drill Team, dressed in butternut gray uniforms with rifles (no idea if those were historically correct), who did incredible drills. Thinking back, I often wonder if they were military veterans who had performed in military drill teams. Of course, such a thing would never be allowed today, particularly not in Confederate uniform.