Marine infantry officer students conduct 1,100-mile raid with MV-22 Ospreys

The following images were shot at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, on Dec. 15, 2013, when students from the Infantry Officer Course (IOC) completed a “Proof-of-Concept” 1,100 mile, long-range operation from Twentynine Palms, Calif., to Fort Hood, Texas via MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft.

Marine infantry officer students conduct 1,100-mile raid

The Marines used the Osprey to fast-rope into a mock city, secure the embassy and rescue key U.S. personnel.

Marine infantry officer students conduct 1,100-mile raid

A CV-22 Osprey of the AFSOC (Air Force Special Operations Command) was hit by ground fire during an evacuation mission in South Sudan few weeks ago.

Image credit: U.S. Marine Corps


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