Tag Archives: Camp Lejeune

Little Groups of Marines

Ten U.S. Marines with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force – Southern Command teamed up with the U.S. Navy for a three-month deployment aboard the Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport USNS Burlington (T-EPF 10), returning to Little Creek this week. The SPMAGTF-SC detachment provided the 1,500-ton Burlington, officially a noncombatant manned by civilian mariners of the MSC alongside a USN commo team, with an embarked security team, providing force protection for the deployment.

This is the type of tasking that little groups of Marines will increasingly see in the future, no longer just the stuff of the “Gator Navy.”

Of course, it is something of a case of everything old is new again, as the Marines for something like 220 years regularly provided small dets on surface ships for security/gunnery/landing force missions. Back in the day, ships as small as gunboats, sloops, and frigates often had Marines aboard, although the practice was trimmed back to cruisers, battleships, and carriers by the 1920s (with a few notable exceptions).

The Marine Detachment, gunboat USS Dauntless (PG-61) – mid-1942

The last Marine Carrier Dets, useful for guarding admirals, performing TRAP missions, and keeping an eye on “special munitions” (aka nukes) were disbanded in 1998.

Smile, wait for flash

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U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Brittany Rayne

A student from Tactical Bow Gunner Course (TBGC) fires blank ammunition at a target vessel during a simulated non-compliant scenario at Camp LeJeune, NC. TBGC is designed to train tactical bow gunners for Ports, Waterways, and Coastal Security (PWCS) missions.

The TBGC is a five-day course s for enlisted members E-7 and below designed to train tactical bow gunners for PWCS missions. They get schooled on the M240B, the LA51 Warning Device and the M-870 Remington shotgun (a nice SBS with a 14-inch barrel) as well as security zones; command and control; crew member equipment; and response boat tactics.

The LA51 is a sweet little shotgun-fired flash-bang that is guaranteed to get your attention.

One heck of a Devil Dog

A multipurpose canine with Marine Raider Regiment, prepares to participate in special patrol insertion/extraction training at Stone Bay, Camp Lejeune, N.C., Sept. 23, 2015. Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 167 Marines flew from Marine Corps Air Station New River to assist MARSOC with the training. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Austin A. Lewis/Released)

A multipurpose canine with Marine Raider Regiment, prepares to participate in special patrol insertion/extraction training at Stone Bay, Camp Lejeune, N.C., Sept. 23, 2015. Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 167 Marines flew from Marine Corps Air Station New River to assist MARSOC with the training. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Austin A. Lewis/Released)

A multipurpose canine with Marine Raider Regiment, prepares to participate in special patrol insertion/extraction training at Stone Bay, Camp Lejeune, N.C., Sept. 23, 2015. Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 167 Marines flew from Marine Corps Air Station New River to assist MARSOC with the training. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Austin A. Lewis/Released)

A U.S. Marine with Marine Raider Regiment, carries his multipurpose canine during special patrol insertion/extraction training at Stone Bay, Camp Lejeune, N.C., Sept. 23, 2015. Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 167 Marines flew from Marine Corps Air Station New River to assist MARSOC with the training. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Austin A. Lewis/Released)

U.S. Marines with Marine Raider Regiment, prepare to be lifted during special patrol insertion/extraction training from a UH-1Y Huey assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 167, at Stone Bay, Camp Lejeune, N.C., Sept. 23, 2015. HMLA-167 Marines flew from Marine Corps Air Station New River to assist MARSOC with the training. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Austin A. Lewis/Released)

A UH-1Y Huey assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 167, lifts Marines with Marine Raider Regiment, during special patrol insertion/extraction training at Stone Bay, Camp Lejeune, N.C., Sept. 23, 2015. HMLA-167 Marines flew from Marine Corps Air Station New River to assist MARSOC with the training. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Austin A. Lewis/Released)