Marine scout snipers providing anti-pirate protection

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

The Marines are back doing what they do best – kicking pirates ass. Marine Scout Snipers are being deployed to provide protection for counter-piracy teams in and around the Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and Red Sea. reports:

The nine-member sniper team brings multiple capabilities to CTF 151, including its ability to operate from an aerial platform with a variety of different weapons systems. The scout snipers use a Mk-11, which is the 762 sniper rifle; a 50-caliber M107 special application scoped rifle (SASR); and several different sets of optics to aid them in carrying out their mission.

“We have the ability to stand off of a target, visually see what is on the target and report that information to the VBSS teams so they understand — before they’re boarding — the number of personnel, if there are any weapons on board, if there are any type of foulings on the deck, if their hook point is obtainable, and, basically, give them a warm and fuzzy feeling that they’re not out alone out here, that they have snipers watching over them 100 percent of the time,” explained Benkie.

Emphases mine. That must be a good feeling 🙂

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  • Cmathews Cmathews on Mar 31, 2009

    Gespenster beat me to it, this is another article on it though.

  • Snake Snake on Apr 14, 2009

    Myself, I use the XM 109. Longer range and not much drift. Coupled with a gyroscope, you have a steady platform and then you go for it. Range is 2500 meters with a 25mm round. Google it.

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