The following is a release from Senior Airman John Linzmeier, 18th Wing Public Affairs:
Airmen from the 320th Special Tactics Squadron conducted an amphibious training operation along the west coast of Okinawa Sept. 22-24 to refresh qualifications and retain proficiency in various special tactics skill sets.
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The training entailed day and nighttime helo-casting in cohesion with HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter support from the 33rd Rescue Squadron, followed by open water navigation in combat rubber raiding crafts and an open circuit navigation dive.
Through helo-casting, a special tactics team is flown to an insertion point above the water by helicopter, and members jump out of the aircraft into the water.
“It’s important for us to conduct training that involves a variety of infiltration methods as it allows us to be inserted into environments that may otherwise be unreachable, which enables us to bring our skill sets to bear anywhere we’re asked to,” said 1st Lt. Blaze Dunn, a 320th STS special tactics officer.
The exercise participants are trained and equipped to conduct special operations tasks during high-risk combat or weather operations. Their ability to infiltrate and secure a location can lead to the …read more
Source:: Tactical Life