I'm flabbergasted that the weapon could be in such condition. Where are the officers?
The rust is on the mount. The heat shroud for the barrel looks ok.
I looked at the hi-res and the M2 actually looks okay. I was always pretty anal about keeping the M2's on my Abrams tanks clean. This one is allright. Probably never even been shot.
Dunno... but I am willing to bet dollars to donuts right now that that weapon is no-longer in that condition.
Someone up the chain of command has seen that pic by now and started the s**t rolling downhill.
That squidly on the gun is not going to be smiling for a few days to come.
Bank on that.
To heck with the officers, that ain't the Soviet Navy. Where are the Chiefs?
Of course every land based Navy flight line I was ever on, or saw photos of, was a mess compared to Air Force ones. Most especially Air National Guard facilities. You can usually eat off the hanger floor there.