POTD: Alpha Company – Battalion Landing Team on USS Portland

Eric B
by Eric B

Each day a different image from the World of firearms. We call this POTD, short for Photo Of The Day, and it is our daily article series where we go to great lengths trying to find the most interesting pictures for you out there. Right above we have Marine Corps Lance Cpl. David Wells, a rifleman assigned to Alpha Company, Battalion Landing Team 1/1, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) as he posts security on the flight deck during an interior and exterior clearing exercise. The team is aboard the amphibious transport dock USS Portland (LPD 27) earlier this month.

Just under we have a Marine Corps rifleman wearing an M50 Field Protective Mask during an interior and exterior clearing exercise. Here you get a good look at the equipment and gear, including the Trijicon VCOG. As you surely are aware, the Trijicon VCOG 1-8×28 was selected as the USMC Squad Common Optic.

Portland and the 11th MEU are deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and Pacific through the Western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points.


Photo Source: U.S. Marine Corps, photos by Lance Cpl. Patrick Katz.

Eric B
Eric B

Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with a European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatics, optics, thermals and suppressors. TCCC Certified. Occasionaly seen in a 6x6 Bug Out Vehicle, always with a big smile.

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  • Gunsandrockets Gunsandrockets on Oct 27, 2021

    How heavy is that M27 with all the doo-dads and gee-gaws attached?

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    • Capn Jack Capn Jack on Nov 20, 2021

      @T243 I refer to an AR15 as an, "HMS" rifle. Hang more "stuff".

  • Dcommoncents Dcommoncents on Oct 27, 2021

    How is he supposed to aim with the mask on? Visible laser maybe?

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