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Marines with Company B, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, attack an objective during a live-fire range movement at Bradshaw Field Training Area, Northern Territory, Australia, August 10, 2016. The Marines are part of Marine Rotational Force Darwin and are taking part in Exercise Koolendong 16. The range also included close air support, mortars, sniper over watch and the Combined Anti-Armored Team.
A fireball blossoms as a 50mm round impacts a 155mm artillery round, July 28, 2016, at Marine Corps Base, Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan. The artillery rounds served as exploding targets for explosive ordnance disposal technicians and reconnaissance Marines who participated in the drill. The training ensured EOD technicians were proficient in the safe long-distance detonation of explosives, using the SASR-M107 sniper rifle. The EOD technicians are with Headquarters and Support Battalion, Marine Corps Installations Pacific-Marine Corps Base Camp Butler, Japan and Marine Wing Support Squadron 172, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force. The reconnaissance Marines are with 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
Marines place artillery rounds on the hillside of a range in preparation for standoff munitions training, July 28, 2016, at Marine Corps Base Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan. The artillery rounds served as explosive targets for explosive ordnance disposal technicians and reconnaissance Marines who participated in the drill. The training ensured EOD technicians were proficient in the safe long-distance detonation of explosives, using the SASR-M107 sniper rifle. The EOD technicians are with Headquarters and Support Battalion, Marine Corps Installations Pacific-Marine Corps Base Camp Butler, Japan and Marine Wing Support Squadron 172, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force. The reconnaissance Marines are with 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III MEF.
An explosive ordnance disposal truck stands on a range during standoff munitions disruption training, July 28, 2016, at Marine Corps Base Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan. The training ensured explosive ordnance disposal technicians were proficient in the safe long-distance detonation of explosives, using the SASR-M107 sniper rifle. During the training, the EOD technicians were coached in marksmanship by reconnaissance Marines. The EOD technicians are with Headquarters and Support Battalion, Marine Corps Installations Pacific-Marine Corps Base Camp Butler, Japan and Marine Wing Support Squadron 172, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force. The reconnaissance Marines are with 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III MEF.
A Marine Sniper prepares to fire a 7.62mm NATO through a M40A6 rifle with a chronograph attached during a market research caliber study July 13, at Fort A.P. Hill, Va. Marine Corps Systems Command’s Infantry Weapons Systems conducted the study to inform Marine Corps acquisition leaders about future Marine sniper weapon system requirements.
Marine Corps Systems Command’s Infantry Weapons Systems conducted a market research caliber study July 13, at Fort A.P. Hill, Va., to inform Marine Corps acquisition leaders about future Marine sniper weapon system requirements. During the study, IWS collected ballistic data on three different caliber bullets (from left)—the 7.62mm NATO, .300 Winchester Magnum, and .338 Lapua Magnum—fired by Marine Corps snipers using different rifles at distances ranging from 900 to 1,500 meters to target.
U.S. Marine Lt. Col. William Sheridan pilots a F-5C above the grounds of Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona, on July 15, 2016. The "Snipers" of VMFT-401 are the United States Marine Corps' only adversary squadron. The squadron is manned by highly experienced Marine fighter pilots each averaging well more than 2,500 flight hours in tactical fighter aircraft. All "Sniper" pilots are air combat tactics instructors and most are graduates of "Top Gun" or the Marine Corps' Weapons and Tactics Instructor course.
A United Kingdom Royal Marine sights in on a semi-automatic sniper system during an explosive ordnance disposal demonstration aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Whidbey Island, July 8, 2016. 22nd MEU, deployed with the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe.
Marines with 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Weapons Company, Scout Sniper Platoon, fast rope from an MV-22B Osprey with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 164 aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 30. The ability to fast rope enables Marines to insert into an area or structure without landing the aircraft, eliminating the need for a landing zone.
Marines with 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Weapons Company, Scout Sniper Platoon, prevent a rope from flailing in the rotor wash of an MV-22B Osprey with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 164 during fast-rope training aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 30. The ability to fast rope enables Marines to insert into an area or structure without landing the aircraft, eliminating the need for a landing zone.
Marines with 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Weapons Company, Scout Sniper Platoon, fast rope from an MV-22B Osprey with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 164 aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 30. The ability to fast rope enables Marines to insert into an area or structure without landing the aircraft, eliminating the need for a landing zone.
A Marine with 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Weapons Company, Scout Sniper Platoon, communicates with the pilots of an MV-22B Osprey with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 164 during fast-rope training aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 30. The ability to fast rope enables Marines to insert into an area or structure without landing the aircraft, eliminating the need for a landing zone.
Marines with 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Weapons Company, Scout Sniper Platoon, fast rope from an MV-22B Osprey with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 164 aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 30. The ability to fast rope enables Marines to insert into an area or structure without landing the aircraft, eliminating the need for a landing zone.
Marines with 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Weapons Company, Scout Sniper Platoon, fast rope from an MV-22B Osprey with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 164 aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 30. The ability to fast rope enables Marines to insert into an area or structure without landing the aircraft, eliminating the need for a landing zone. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lillian Stephens/Released)
Cpl. Chance A. Benedict Jr., a mortarman, talks to Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Navy, about the M40A5 sniper rifle at Mount Bundey Training Area, Northern Territory, Australia, May 14, 2016. Mabus came to Australia to visit the Marines and Sailors of Marine Rotational Force – Darwin and observe live-fire ranges. Benedict is with 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, MRF-D.
Cpl. John Luze, a competitor with the Marine Corps Shooting Team, loads a magazine before a practice fire with his M40A5 sniper rifle at Puckpunyal Military Area in Victoria, Australia, May 7, 2016. The M40A5 is a bolt-action sniper rifle that the Marine Corps uses for long-range enemy engagements.
Cpl. John Luze, a competitor with the Marine Corps Shooting Team, loads a magazine before a practice fire with his M40A5 sniper rifle at Puckpunyal Military Area in Victoria, Australia, May 7, 2016. The M40A5 is a bolt-action sniper rifle that the Marine Corps uses for long-range enemy engagements.
Cpl. John Luze, a competitor with the Marine Corps Shooting Team, fires a round with his M40A5 sniper rifle during a practice fire at Puckpunyal Military Area in Victoria, Australia, May 7, 2016. The Marine Corps Shooting Team traveled to Australia to compete in the Australian Army Skill at Arms Meeting 2016. The M40A5 is a bolt-action sniper rifle the Marine Corps uses for long-range enemy engagements.
Lance Cpl. Thomas Hunt, a designated marksman with 1st Platoon, Bravo Company, 2nd Law Enforcement Battalion, looks through the scope of his M110 sniper rifle while concealed in the tree line during the II Marine Expeditionary Force Command Post Exercise 3 at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, April 20, 2016. During the CPX, 2nd LEB posted security around the campsite and defended it from mock enemies, ensuring the headquarters element could complete the mission safely.
Designated marksmen with 1st Platoon, Bravo Company, 2nd Law Enforcement Battalion, look through the scope of their M110 sniper rifles while concealed in the tree line during the II Marine Expeditionary Force Command Post Exercise 3 at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, April 20, 2016. During the CPX, 2nd LEB posted security around the campsite and defended it from mock enemies, ensuring the headquarters element could complete the mission safely.