An AH-1W Super Cobra from the Thunder Chickens of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 263 performs a low-altitude surveillance pass during a Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) drill aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kristopher Wilson/Released)
Providing cover fire. A Recon Marine with Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force South fires from a helicopter with a M110 Semi-Automatic Sniper System during a helicopter visit, board, search and seizure drill off USS America Aug. 12.
A U.S. Marine with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Maritime Raid Force aims at his target from a UH-1Y Venom during
Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) March 18, 2015. The Marines
practiced a visit, board, search and seizure mission from the USS
Anchorage (LPD-23). (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Anna
Members of the Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) team from USS Laboon participate in their final training exercise, which involves securing the mess decks, falling into position and searching the ship.
Sailors and SEALs from a West Coast based Naval Special Warfare Group ONE practice a visit, board, search, seizure (VBSS) drill on board the Military Sealift Command large, medium-speed roll-on/roll-off ship USNS Bob Hope (T-AKR 300). CORONADO, Calif. April 23, 2015.
Visit, board, search, and seizure. That is the job of a VBSS team in America’s Navy. VBSS teams are made up of volunteer Sailors trained for close quarters combat, rappelling, and proficiency in tactical movements and shooting. These teams deploy aboard Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats to combat illegal narcotics, arms trafficking and piracy.
Gunner’s Mate 1st Class Coty Henson, assigned to Surface Warfare Mission Package, Detachment 1, embarked aboard the littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth, climbs a caving ladder to a rigid-hull inflatable boat during a visit, board, search, and seizure (VBSS) training drill.
Marine Raiders with Marine Special Operations, Company Charlie, 1st Marine Raider Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command (MARSOC), participating in Visit, Board, Search and Seizure training, during a Company Collective Exercise, Oct. 15, 2015, in San Diego, Calif.
Portuguese sailors from the NRP D. Francisco de Almeida frigate, conducting a visit, board, search and seizure while deployed in the Mediterranean Sea supporting NATO’s counter-terrorism mission OPERATION ACTIVE ENDEAVOUR. 28 November 2015.
A member with the Norwegian Naval Special Operations Command/MJK practicing on a visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) on the Norwegian cruiser Roald Amundsen before leaving on a mission for the Gulf of Aden.
(Top) More than 40 ships and submarines representing 15 international partner nations travel in formation in the Pacific Ocean July 25, 2014, during the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014 exercise. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Shannon E. Renfroe, U.S. Navy/Released)
(Second) U.S. Marines with India Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment practice clearing rooms during training at the Pohakuloa Training Area in Hawaii July 22, 2014, as part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014. (DoD photo by Lance Cpl. Wesley Timm, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)
(Third) The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) leads a formation of vessels from 15 international partnership nations Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014 in the Pacific Ocean July 25, 2014. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Dustin Kelling, U.S. Navy/Released)
(Fourth) Lance Corporal Samuel Derene directs Republic of Korea Marines as they exit a Marine CH-53 Super Stallion helicopter at Kahuku Training Area, Hawaii during non-combatant evacuation operation training during the 2014 Rim of the Pacific Exercise. (Canadian Forces Combat Camera Photo by Sgt. Matthew McGregor/Released)
(Fifth) The amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) conducts amphibious operations in support of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014 in the Pacific Ocean July 28, 2014. DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dustin Knight, U.S. Navy/Released)
(Sixth) A U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 463 prepares to land on the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014 in the Pacific Ocean July 28, 2014. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dustin Knight, U.S. Navy/Released)
(Seventh) U.S. Navy Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Chase Burton climbs a caving ladder out of the well deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47) in the Pacific Ocean July 23, 2014, during visit, board, search and seizure training as part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Amanda R. Gray, U.S. Navy/Released)
(Bottom) A U.S. Marine Corps UH-1Y Venom helicopter assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 24 takes off during the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014 exercise July 29, 2014, at a landing zone at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe, Hawaii. (DoD photo by Lance Cpl. Victor A. Mancilla, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)
(Overview) Twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, about 200 aircraft and 25,000 people participated in RIMPAC from June 26 to Aug. 1, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans. RIMPAC 2014 is the 24th exercise in the series that began in 1971.
U.S. Marines assigned to Force Reconnaissance Platoon, Maritime Raid Force, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conducting Visit, Board, Search, and Seizure (VBSS) training in Souda Bay, Greece, Nov. 6, 2015.
A U.S. Marine with the visit, board, search and seizure team assigned to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit stands as lookout on the USS Fort McHenry, while other team members search detainees during a non compliant merchant vessel drill in the Atlantic Ocean on May 26, 2009.