POTD: Minigun Monday II

    This is the second article in a series of “Photo Of The Day”, where we admire pictures of Miniguns of various kinds and situations.

    The series is called Minigun Monday. Miniguns on a Monday – it’s as simple as that!

    Today we take a look at the GAU-17 Minigun, mounted on Special Operations Craft Riverine (SOC-R), which is specifically designed for the clandestine insertion and extraction of U.S. Navy SEALs and other special operations forces along shallow waterways and open water environments.

    Since you’re a reader here, you may have seen a movie from 2012 called Act of Valor?

    If you’ve seen it I am sure you remember the scene where the Navy SEALS extract the people and soldiers with boats and a little help from Miniguns.

    You can see a short clip of the scene below.

    Below: A Special Operations Craft-Riverine (SOC-R) crew performs a crash-back maneuver during training along the Salt River in northern Kentucky, Aug. 25.

    It looks like some of the crew is going to have a pretty extensive boating accident in 3…2…1…

    Below: Special Warfare Crews Train on Salt River. GAU-17 minigun side-view.

    Below: …and front-view. (FORT KNOX, KY, UNITED STATES)

    Special warfare combatant-craft crewmen (SWCC) prepare to get underway for live-fire patrol training along the Salt River in northern Kentucky, Aug. 25. The SWCCs attached to Special Boat Team 22 (SBT-22), based in Stennis, Miss.,

    Below: .50 Cal


    “One of the best jobs on the SWCC and in support of the SEALS”


    For more information on Special warfare combatant-craft crewmen check here.

    All photos by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jayme Pastoric.


    Next Minigun Monday we will take a look at another Mk 44 Minigun, used by the Green Berets “in an austere environment.