Evening Quickie #soldierporn: Animal swarm incoming.

More than ten UH1Y Venom helicopters inserted Marines with Animal Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, during a raid exercise. The Animal Co. Marines inserted into a training town by fast roping from the helicopters and engaged enemy role players while a designated team captured a suspected high-ranking insurgent. More than 20 Marines in the company were designated as enemy combatants and set up traps and obstacles throughout the town to challenge the assaulting Marines.

(Photos by Corporal Joseph Scanlan, 9 OCT 2013.)

#soldierporn for your Saturday, straight up.

An AH-1W Super Cobra helicopter and UH-1Y Huey helicopter fly off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii, toward Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, during maintenance and readiness flights, June 13, 2013. The training was designed to challenge aircraft maintenance crews to maintain high levels of readiness on aircraft such as AH-1W Super Cobras, UH-1Y Hueys and CH-53E Super Stallions helicopters.

Cobra venom tag team.

U.S. Marines with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 267, Marine Aircraft Group 39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) conduct a live fire demo for a family event on Camp Pendleton, California. The squadron fired multiple ordnance and conducted different aerial maneuvers to show some of the capabilities of the AH-1Z Super Cobra and UH-1Y Venom helicopters.

(Photo by Sgt. Gregory Moore, 3rd MAW, 22 JUN 2013.)


Outback playdate.

[Top] Sergeant Brian D. Richardson, a 29-year-old crew chief for Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, and a native of Leesburg, Fla., watches his aircraft’s “playmate,” the nickname for the second aircraft in a section, also a UH-1Y Venom helicopter, prepare to take off from a landing zone.

[Bottom] Lance Cpl. Jon D. Romero, a 27-year-old crew chief for Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, and a native of Westbury, N.Y., adjusts a .50 caliber GAU-21 machine gun aboard a UH-1Y Venom helicopter during live-fire training as part of Exercise Koolendong 13.

Three Venom helicopters and four MV-22 Osprey aircraft are operating from an expeditionary airfield 300 miles inland, supporting the battalion-sized element conducting the exercise. Koolendong demonstrates the operational reach of the 31st MEU and why it is the force of choice for the Asia-Pacific region. Also participating in the exercise is the Marine Rotational Force – Darwin and soldiers of the 5th Royal Australian Army. The 31st MEU brings what it needs to sustain itself to accomplish the mission or to pave the way for follow-on forces. The size and composition of the 31st MEU makes it well suited for amphibious operations, which includes raids, assaults, evacuations and humanitarian assistance operations.

(Photos by Sergeant Paul Robbins, 2 SEP 2013.)

Venom view.

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Joshua S. Martinez looks out the side door of a UH-1Y Venom utility helicopter during flight operations over Afghanistan’s Helmand province, Oct. 17, 2012. Martinez, a crew chief, is assigned to Marine Light Helicopter Squadron 469, Marine Aircraft Group 38, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing.