2nd Assault Amphibian Bn. Trains in Amphibious Capabilities

2nd Assault Amphibian Bn. Trains in Amphibious Capabilities

Marines with 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion conducted a Heavy Brigade Combat Team qualification course at Camp Lejeune, N.C., Oct. 1, 2015. The training focused on engaging targets with the Amphibious Assault Vehicle P7, a fully-tracked amphibious vehicle used to transport troops from water to land during amphibious operations. Photo by Cpl Krista James.

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (October 5, 2015) – Marines with 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion conducted a Heavy Brigade Combat Team qualification course at Camp Lejeune, Oct. 1, 2015. 

The training focused on engaging targets with the Amphibious Assault Vehicle P7, a fully-tracked amphibious vehicle used to transport troops from water to land during amphibious operations.

"It's the bread and butter of engaging the enemy and taking ground from them; eliminating time and space and trying to locate and close with the enemy. By doing so, we set up a support by fire with one or two [vehicles] depending on how many targets [we have] and where they are," said Cpl Jake Mclellan, a crew chief with the battalion.

The qualification is part of the preparation for an upcoming integrated training exercise that the battalion will be participating in.

Qualifying for the HBCT helps familiarize Marines with firing the weapon systems on the AAV P7, which include a Mark-19 40mm automatic grenade launcher and an M2HB .50 caliber machine gun. 

Mclellan said that this qualification allows for the crew members to identify problems as they arise and to get more comfortable and efficient working together so when performing at the ITX they are a force in readiness.

"This training is vital because it really gets the sections working together as a cohesive unit," said 1stLt Andres Thompson, platoon commander for Bravo Platoon. "It builds fluidity within them and also communication. This fine tunes [our tactics] and allows errors to be shown and allows us to address them."

Along with getting the sections to work more proficiently together, Mclellan said that getting live-rounds down range helps the Marines get a better feel of how an HBCT should operate.

"It's extremely important that we get live rounds down range. It's fire and movement and you can only fire notional rounds so much and it doesn't make as much of an impact as actual rounds and actual targets when you're down range," Mclellan said.

Rain or shine, the Marines with 2nd Assault Amphibian Bn. will continue to fulfill their mission of conducting mechanized operations and related combat support of amphibious operations during the upcoming ITX and other training exercises in the future.

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