Saturday was the Navy SEAL Muster XXIV at the Navy SEAL museum in Ft. Pierce. The day started off with th traditional color guard and speeches. Special speaker was Captain Richard Phillips from the Maersk Alabama. Just in case you were completely out of touch with news during the month of April... How did it end? The speakers were all good and best of all, short. Though I did like how one speaker closed his comments with a tribute to the veterans of all engagements the SEALs have operated in. From WWI to Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan and all other places NOT mentioned in the news paper. After the ubiquitous speeches there was a quick history of the SEALs in action which started off with a BANG! Then the helios entered the picture with the SEALs demonstrating their fast rope technique. Then they hooked up and left the LZ... Here is our son next to my uncles wet suit he donated from his time with the SEALs. NASA used SEALs to jump in the water and hook up the capsules during the Apollo missions. The helios landed in the parking lot and everyone got a chance to check them out. Ok if not a SEAL maybe a fly boy! They also were doing a live fire (blanks) with a lot of the firearms the SEALs use. There would be random 3-5 round bursts from typical light arms and some 50 cals... then they light up the GAU-17/A Minigun mounted on a Special Operations Craft-Riverine (SOC-R).! HOLY CRAP!!!! This thing is LOUD! Minigun Specifications Action: Electrically-Powered Six-Barrel Rotary Weapon Cartridge: 7.62x51mm Feed System: 1000 Muzzle Velocity: 2,800ft/sec (853m/sec) Cyclic Rate-of-Fire: 4,000 rds/min Effective Range: 3,280ft (1,000m; 1,093yds) Sights: Fixed It was a long day and everyone had fun. On the drive home out little frog man was tuckered out!