Sunday, January 16, 2011

MV-22's arrive in Afghanistan...

Marines from 26th MEU arrive in Afghanistan

Marines from Marine Tiltroater Squadron 266 arrive aboard Camp Bastion, Afghanistan as an augment from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit January 15. Marines from the 26th MEU will provide security for the Route 611 project, which connects Northern Sangin Valley and Kajaki to the Route 1 beltway, over the next 3 months.

Birds from the sea arrive in Afghanistan

Two of six MV-22B Ospreys with Marine Tiltroater Squadron 266 arrive aboard Camp Bastion, Afghanistan from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit in support of the Batallion Landing Team with 3rd Batallion, 8th Marine Regiment January 15. The Marines from the 26th MEU will provide security for the Route 611 project, which connects Northern Sangin Valley and Kajaki to the Route 1 beltway, over the next 3 months.

MV-22 Ospreys arrive in Afghanistan

Marines from Marine Tiltroater Squadron 266 arrive aboard Camp Bastion, Afghanistan as an augment from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit January 15. Marines from the Battalion Landing Team with 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, will provide security for the Route 611 project, which connects Northern Sangin Valley and Kajaki to the Route 1 beltway, over the next 3 months.  (I love the tail insignia on this airplane!--editor!)

US Marine Corps Tanks in Afghanistan.

LEATHERNECK, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan – Marines with Delta Company, 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Forward), fires the main cannon of an M1A1 Abrams tank during a range at Camp Leatherneck, Jan. 13, 2011. The Marines are the first tank unit to deploy to Afghanistan.(Official US Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Ned Johnson)
LEATHERNECK, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan – Marines with Delta Company, 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Forward), fires the main cannon of an M1A1 Abrams tank during a range at Camp Leatherneck, Jan. 13, 2011. The Marines fired multiple rounds to align their sights and prepare their tanks for upcoming missions. (Official US Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Daniel Blatter)
LEATHERNECK, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan – Marines with Delta Company, 1st Tank Battalion 1st Marine Division (Forward), work with a bore laser to find the center of the M1A1 Abrams tank gun’s barrel during a battlefield zero range at Camp Leatherneck, Jan. 13, 2011. The Marines aligned their sights and fired the main gun during a range to prepare the tanks for upcoming missions. (Official US Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Ned Johnson)
LEATHERNECK, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan – Marines with Delta Company, 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Forward), attach a .50 caliber machine gun to the top of an M1A1 Abrams tank before a range at Camp Leatherneck, Jan. 13, 2011. The Marines performed their pre-combat inspections before firing the weapons to prepare for upcoming missions.(Official US Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Ned Johnson)

Ever wonder why Navy ships have steel superstructures?

Official USN photo taken on 23 November 1975, the day after her collision with USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67). Though essentially intact up to the weather deck, her aluminum superstructure burned and melted; this significantly influenced the decision to build the Arleigh Burke-class DDGs with steel superstructures.  Via Military Photos.net

Operation Aero Hunter.


An AH-1W Cobra with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward), and an EH101 Merlin with 1419 Flight Squadron, Joint Aviation Group, 3rd MAW (Fwd), refuel before joint Operation Aero Hunter in Western Kandahar province Jan. 13. The operation consisted of two phases. The first part was a patrol to flush insurgents out of a village; the second part was a series of snap vehicle check points along Route 1. The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland, conducted the patrol and Marines of Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, conducted the VCPs.
 
An EH101 Merlin with 1419 Flight Squadron, Joint Aviation Group, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward), prepares to land along Route 1 in Western Kandahar province during joint Operation Aero Hunter Jan. 13. The operation consisted of two phases. The first part was a patrol to flush insurgents out of a village; the second part was a series of snap vehicle check points along Route 1. The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland, conducted the patrol and Marines of Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, conducted the VCPs.
Marines from Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, board a EH101 Merlin with 1419 Flight Squadron, Joint Aviation Group, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward), along Route 1 in Western Kandahar province during joint Operation Aero Hunter Jan. 13. An AH-1W Cobra and a UH-1Y Huey with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169, 3rd MAW (Fwd), provided overwatch for the duration of the operation, which consisted of two phases. The first part was a patrol to flush insurgents out of a village; the second part was a series of snap vehicle check points along Route 1. The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland, conducted the patrol and the Lima Company Marines conducted the VCPs.

Royal Air Force Merlins and 3/25 and 3rd MAW conduct joint operations.



Marines from L Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, and Marines from Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward), joined with Royal Air Force crews of 1419 Flight Squadron, Joint Aviation Group, 3MAW (FWD), during Operation Arrow Hunter Jan. 13 along Route 1 in Helmand province Afghanistan. HMLA-169 Marines provided overwatch for the 3/25 Marines and the EH101 Merlin crew of 1419 Flight Squadron with a UH-1Y Huey and an AH-1W Cobra. The 3/25 Marines set up snap vehicle checkpoints along Route 1 in three separate areas at three times to show that, with the use of helicopters, they can set up a snap VCP anywhere, anytime. Produced by Marine Sgt. Deanne Hurla. Video provided by 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd) Public Affairs.