Tracks Conduct Water Gunnery Range to Prepare For Amphibious Attacks

first published on September 19, 2018 by

Marines from Bravo Company, Battalion Landing Team 3/1, 13th MEU, conduct a water gunnery range in preparation for amphibious attacks.

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Marines are amphibious by nature, so it should come as no surprise to anyone that they would be conducting training that keeps them proficient in the style of attacks they were specifically designed for. Tracks are an integral part of modern day amphibious landings, and as such the Marines who operate the tracks are expected to keep a high level of proficiency in using their weapon systems while their vehicles are in the water. The ability to conduct fire and maneuver operations all the way to the beach where they are transporting infantry Marines is one of their primary missions in support of Marine Corps combat operations.

In the video below, Marines from Bravo Company, Battalion Landing Team 3/1, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, flex their amphibious muscles in Djibouti during Theater Amphibious Combat Rehearsal 18. The operation, lead by Task Force 51/5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade, is part of a mission that integrates U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps assets from the Marine Expeditionary Unit to practice and rehearse a range of critical combat-related skills for U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), to promote stability and security in that area of operations.

As part of this same operation, a number of units in Fifth Fleet are conducting simultaneous operations as part of the greater Theater Counter Mine and Maritime Security Exercise. These exercises, while overt and public, are happening in order to promote security and stability in the CENTCOM region of responsibility, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points.

This video comes to Funker530 Courtesy of the United States Marine Corps, the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, and Marine Corps Combat Cameraman Cpl. Danny Gonzalez.


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