Surf’s Up, Dude

by Steve on May 12, 2006


Master-at-Arms 3rd Class Matthew Kaczynski, assigned to Inshore Boat Unit Four Two (IBU-42), mans his .50-caliber machine gun during a Naval Coastal Warfare Squadron Four (NCWS-4) demonstration at Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek. The squadron’s primary mission is conducting anti-terrorism and force protection in harbors and coastal waterways overseas. U.S. Navy photo by Journalist 3rd Class Matthew D. Leistikow

I really don’t think I’d mess with these guys!

Just a heads up, posts will likely be slim for a week depending on access among other things. Maybe we’ll play the “Where in the World” game. Stay tuned.


thomas banks January 6, 2008 at 1:12


I thought it was interesting that you found this picture. MA3 Kaczynski (from the picture) worked for me until a couple of weeks ago! Unfortunately he is no longer in the Navy. If I remember correctly, I am driving the boat in the background. Thought it was pretty cool to see this shot on the net.

Thomas Banks
BMC(EXW/SW), MEBD 411 (formerly IBU41)

Steve January 6, 2008 at 20:36

Thanks for the comment Chief, and more importantly, thanks for serving. Interesting mission and concept, bringing back the brown-water Navy. Fast, small boats with .50’s – guess you don’t get harassed by jet skis!

EN2(SW) Freudenvoll January 22, 2008 at 17:44

I dont know how often you check this site but i have orders to IBU 411 now I was wondering if you were still there or have you already left?

R/ EN2

George Thompson February 11, 2008 at 18:01

In my book, the picture shows the equivalent of the Army’s old Nam-era M60 MG which fires the 7.62mm NATO round (military equiv. to the .308 Winchester), … NOT a .50cal weapon.

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