POTD: Aerial Snipers in the Philippine Sea

Eric B
by Eric B

The world is hungry for visual storytelling, and TFB’s Photo Of The Day does its best to keep the feed alive and well. Here we have U.S. Marines with the Battalion Landing Team 1/5, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). They were engaging floating targets during an aerial snipers exercise in the Philippine Sea earlier in 2022. The exercise focuses on proficiency in engaging targets from an aircraft.

U.S. Marines with Battalion Landing Team 1/5, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), prepare to board.

As a sniper, you need to be calm as this sea. Everything else is moving anyway.

U.S. Marines engaging various floating targets in the Philippine Sea with the .50 BMG Barrett.

U.S. Marines with Battalion Landing Team 1/5, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), board amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) after completing an aerial sniper exercise in the Philippine Sea.

Photos by U.S. Marine Corps, Lance Cpl. Manuel Alvarado

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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  • Mazryonh Mazryonh on Jul 11, 2022

    How exactly do they keep their sniper rifles stable enough for accurate shots from a helicopter? That's not all; the water is moving, the targets are bobbing in the water (real ones would try to move evasively), and if turbulence has its say, so is the sniper's vehicle. I don't see something like a gyro-stabilized mount for the sniper rifles. Could someone fill me in on this?

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    • 84880069 84880069 on Jul 11, 2022

      @Mazryonh Relative Accuracy...
      With these techniques you cannot be accurate at long distances but you can be "relatively accurate" up close

  • Peeler369 Peeler369 on Jul 11, 2022

    Coast Guard has been doing this for ages.