This You Gotta See: USMC Scout Sniper Live Fire Training Exercise At Sea
There is an old saying among the USMC: “The most ferocious fighting machine the world has ever seen is a 19–year–old pissed off Marine.” If there is one thing that Marines are renowned for, it is their marksmanship skills and within the Marine Corps, the best of the best, is the USMC Scout Sniper.
In the video below, we see scout snipers at sea conducting live fire exercises on small boats. Since Since the majority of our enemies in the middle east within the Persian Gulf and the Indian Ocean off the coast of Somalia tend to use small high-speed boats to attack larger ocean going craft, the need to take them out at greater distances before they can get too close, is certainly more beneficial and safer for our vessels and the crews that man them.
Here is some info on USMC Scout Sniper:
United States Marine Corps Scout Sniper (MOS 0317, formerly 8541) is a secondary MOS (Military Occupational Specialty) designator of U.S. Marine Corps infantrymen and reconnaissance Marines that have graduated from a U.S. Marine Corps Scout Sniper School. Scout Snipers must earn the rank of Lance Corporal, be selected by their battalion to join the scout-sniper platoon, and complete an approved scout-sniper course in order to receive this designation.A USMC Scout Sniper is a Marine, highly skilled in fieldcraft and marksmanship, who can deliver long-range precision fire on selected targets, from concealed positions. A USMC Scout Sniper Team is a detachment of one or more sniper teams performing an assigned task of engaging selected targets, targets of opportunity, collecting and reporting information, or a combination of all, contributing to the accomplishment of the supported unit’s mission.
Marines assigned to Scout Sniper Platoon, Battalion Landing Team (BLT) 3/2, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), and Sailors assigned to the USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), conduct a live-fire exercise with Barrett M107 Rifles while at sea, to practice defending the ship against small boat attacks, Feb. 10, 2013. The 26th MEU is conducting Composite Training Unit Exercise, the final phase of a six-month pre-deployment training program. The 26th MEU operates continuously across the globe, providing the president and unified combatant commanders with a forward-deployed, sea-based quick reaction force. The MEU is a Marine Air-Ground Task Force capable of conducting amphibious operations, crisis response and limited contingency operations.
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