Join a Marines “Jump Jet” on a flight over the Mediterranean sea off USS Kearsarge

Take a seat and watch the following interesting video.

It shows Capt. David Neely, an AV-8B Harrier Pilot assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266 (Reinforced), 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), during a mission off the USS Kearsarge (LHD3), Mediterranean Sea, Mar. 28, 2013.

At the 03:10 mark, note the pilot shaking his head after the vertical landing: a gesture suggesting he might be unsatisfied about the way he got on the ship (rough, short, unbalanced).


The 26th MEU is deployed to the 6th Fleet’s area of operations (AOR) where it operates as a  forward-deployed, sea-based quick reaction force.

The MEU is a Marine Air-Ground Task Force capable of conducting amphibious operations, crisis response and limited contingency operations.

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About David Cenciotti
David Cenciotti is a journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written five books and contributed to many more ones.