Send it! Or, ‘Why I learned to use shoot-and-scoot from an LCM last weekend at drill’

It is always nice to see a 105mm M119 light howitzer doing its thing:

1bn 111th Field Artillery Regiment 116th BCT waterborne artillery fire Operation GATOR April 24-25 2019 Camp Lejeune North Carolina Army LCMs 105 shells

(U.S. National Guard photos by Mike Vrabel)

Especially when it is from the front of an old-school (Army owned!) LCM landing craft while just barely beached on shore:

The photos come from Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Norfolk-based 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team as they conduct waterborne artillery live-fire exercises during Operation GATOR April 24-25, 2019, at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

They are aboard mechanized landing craft operated by active duty Soldiers from the Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek—Fort Story-based 11th Transportation Battalion, 7th Transportation Brigade.

“The Thunder Soldiers received and carried out their fire missions from the Intracoastal Waterway running through Camp Lejeune along the Atlantic Ocean. It was the first waterborne artillery mission for the 111th since D-Day during World War II, nearly 75 years ago.”

For more analysis of what this is all about, and why it is a useful tactic being dusted off now, check out the below from The Warzone

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