Going Loud

You just gotta love a fiddy. Because 761-grains of armor-piercing incendiary tracer can send just the right message sometimes when folks get too close for comfort. 

Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Mackinze Hallhanna fires a .50-caliber machine gun during a live-fire exercise aboard USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 21, 2021) Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Mackinze Hallhanna fires a .50-caliber machine gun during a live-fire exercise aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), Sept. 21, 2021. Kearsarge is conducting surface warfare advanced tactical training (SWATT). SWATT provides the fleet opportunities to complete the reps and sets required for increased lethality and tactical proficiency. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jesse Schwab) 210921-N-MZ836-1025

The Navy’s third Pascagoula-built Wasp-class amphibious assault ship and the fifth to carry the name, the WWII aircraft carrier-sized Kearsarge relies on her escorts for principal defense but has twin Sea Sparrow and twin RAM launchers for taking care of close-in missiles and aircraft, as well as a pair of CIWS and four Mk 38 25mm cannons as a last-ditch along with the weapons of her embarked Marines. Oh yeah, and up to 8 pintel mounts for Ma Deuce .50 cals.

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