Security Department duty = a faceful of pepper spray


Pepper spray “familiarization” is old hat for master-at-arms sailors. But I’m guessing that not all those who volunteer for security department duty know what they’re getting into when they raise their right hand.

At some point during the training, it looks something like this:

Aviation Support Equipment Technician 3rd Class Jonathan Chapman, temporarily assigned to the security department aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier Carl Vinson, defends himself against a simulated attacker after being sprayed with Oleoresin Capsicum or OC spray during March 2 security academy OC spray qualifications. Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing 17 are underway in the Persian Gulf. // U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Rosa A. Arzola

Given the message on the shirt, Chapman knew what was coming on this particular day. Looks like someone didn’t take his advice.


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  1. Pancho Price on

    Yo! Isn’t that the guy that washes dishes? Oh wait, that’s the dude who separates trash!!… Yeaahhh.

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