Welcome to the Mothership

A war photo a day #21

Welcome to the Mothership Welcome to the Mothership

Uncategorized August 28, 2013 0

David Axe photo Welcome to the Mothership A war photo a day #21 Eight years. Seven wars. More death and destruction than I care... Welcome to the Mothership
David Axe photo

Welcome to the Mothership

A war photo a day #21

Eight years. Seven wars. More death and destruction than I care to recount. I’ve been covering armed conflict since 2005. Every battlefield has its stories … and its unforgettable images. Follow me through my career at war, one jarring, haunting or sublime photo a day until I run out.

In mid-2009 the international war on piracy was escalating fast. While warships patrolled the East African coast, other U.S. naval forces deployed to West Africa to help build up regional navies, in hopes they might forestall their own piracy crisis.

I photographed the USS Nashville, an ancient, clunky amphibious assault ship, as she disgorged radar technicians, boat mechanics and naval planners in Gabon, Sao Tome and Principe and other West African states. Nashville was a mothership for war prevention.

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