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USS Carl Vinson -- The Party Before The Osama Dump

5/2/2011 2:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Two weeks before Osama bin Laden's corpse was loaded onto their ship ... and dropped into the deep blue North Arabian Sea ... the sailors on the USS Carl Vinson took a few dives themselves.

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On April 15, the crew was granted a "Swim Call" -- a day of fun, swimming, jumping and surfing out on the water in between daily operations.

In fact, the U.S. Navy posted the photos on the ship's official Facebook page.

Even the ship's Commanding Officer, Capt. Bruce H. Lindsey, grabbed his surfboard and hit the swells.

Of course, these brave men and women don't just mess around -- they played a crucial role in the disposal of bin Laden's remains.


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Todd    

That's a pretty good jump, and the bad part would be climbing back up.

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LetsTalkLive    

This is bull****, now he was dead 2 weeks ago. I call bull**** on the whole thing

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moe l.    

Hope they pulled out one of his teeth to make into a keychain.

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bverdoc    

good for them!!! a swim call while on active deployment is natural and probably had nothing to do with the death of that terroist

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If sense were common everyone would have it.    

Good for them. They deserve r&r whenever they can get it. How is it that they can surf in the middle of the ocean on a calm day?

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Sersi    

Well deserved, all handsome young men, that deserve medals, we salute you, CONGRATS on your accomplishments with the war and thank you AMERICAN ARMED FORCES for keeping us Americans safe!Great job very well done.

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yeah    

Is it smart posting their pictures and names for the world too see? Granted it's on Facebook already lol but I'd have thought that doing so would make them prime targets for any retribution.

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Anthony Kaise    

Your title is misleading and salacious... It makes it sound like they were partying due to the funeral... Thanks for inciting hate stick to what you do best reporting on hollywood leave this **** to professionals..

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Jackie    

Hmm!!!....I don't wanna hear crap **** that the body was dumped in the sea. I wanna see it's Autopsy photos. And I am so proud for those Men.

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dawls    

TMZ, please take down the pictures of the sailors for their own safety. I get that it's on the facebook page but that was before all this went down.

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JANP    

I dont see why he was given a proper burial..should have just dumped him in the ocean as shark bait! Our people didn't get the opportunity to be buried!!

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Jackie    

I agree with others.....Please take these pix down..The evil is dead, but remember his team is out there. Just saying

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Jude    

Our many thanks to all the brave soldiers!

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NotSeekySecret    

Great pix TMZ. How do you like being part of a PSYOPS mission by showing these to us today?

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Mel    

I really doubt they were surfing out there where's the waves?? morons.

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