Welding Artistry

Sailor arc-welds a flange aboard USS Pearl Harbor.

Welding has always been a fascinating process that is like some sort of mix of industry and artistry. Sure, it usually involves heat and metal and honed skill, but it looks like a small fireworks display to me! Whether a component is being welded in a small machine shop or large tank turning rolls are needed to create a consistent weld on a large pipe or tank, the process is elegant and mesmerizing. This photo was shared on the Official U.S.Navy Imagery page with the following description:

GULF OF ADEN (Oct. 13, 2010) Hull Technician Fireman Tristan Reynolds arc-welds a flange aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52). Pearl Harbor is part of Combined Task Force 151, a multinational task force established in January 2009 to conduct counter-piracy operations in and around the Gulf of Aden and the Somali Basin. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Russell/Released).

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