The following is a release from Pfc. Devan Gowans, I Marine Expeditionary Force:
Marines with Force Reconnaissance Company and Reconnaissance Training Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, conducted parachute training operations at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Sept. 17, 2015.
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The Marines took to the sky in a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft, outfitted with parachute setups for different types of air insertion, including High Altitude – High Opening and low-level static line jumps.
The goal of this training is to master tactics that are of great advantage to expeditionary forces, because it allows the jumpers to infiltrate locations where access would be too difficult for vehicles.
“These skill sets can be used for different types of raids, where we can employ the use of a full combat load in situations such as raids or deep ground reconnaissance missions,” said Sgt. Trevor Pace, an assistant team leader with Force Reconnaissance Co. “In HAHO configurations, these parachutes have the ability to carry men and gear for great distances, allowing us to extend our reach and do so stealthily.”
At an altitude of approximately 10,000 feet, the Marines stood up and shuffled to the cargo door. …read more
Source:: Tactical Life