The U.S. Navy calls their firearms whatever they like, so the MK38 (M242 Bushmaster), chambered in 25x137mm, is a Machine Gun and nothing else. That is the featured image in our Photo Of The Day taken on-board the USS Shiloh in the spring of 2020. Location: the Philippine Sea. The USS Shiloh (CG 67) is a Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser and the photos are from a live-fire weapons training.

The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54) transits the Philippine Sea. Antietam is forward deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.

Below: Live fire of a close-in weapons system on the USS Shiloh (CG 67). You can see it in detail here.

The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67) conducts a live fire of the ship’s mark 45 5 inch gun.

Once or twice the sailors aboard actually have to get some work done.

Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Joseph Panganiban, from Fort Washington, Md., signals the distance of incoming cargo aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67) during a replenishment-at-sea with the Fleet Replenishment Oiler USNS Pecos (T-AO 197). Shiloh is forward-deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.

All photos are by the U.S. Navy, taken by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryre Arciaga.

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