Recon Marines jump to gear up for Blue Chromite drills on Okinawa

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Marines from 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division descend, along with a Combat Rubber Raiding Craft, toward the sea after jumping from a C-130 off Okinawa's east coast, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017. (MATTHEW BURKE/STARS AND STRIPES)
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Marines from 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division descend, along with a Combat Rubber Raiding Craft, toward the sea after jumping from a C-130 off Okinawa's east coast, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017. (MATTHEW BURKE/STARS AND STRIPES)

Recon Marines jump to gear up for Blue Chromite drills on Okinawa

by: Matthew M. Burke | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: October 13, 2017

NAKAGUSUKU BAY, Okinawa — Members of the 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division looked like mere specks moments before jumping from a C-130 during training Wednesday off Okinawa’s eastern coast.

A Combat Rubber Raiding Craft on a wooden pallet suddenly flew out, and two parachutes on top popped open. Then, a handful of Marines jumped in two successive runs as fellow reconnaissance Marines in inflatable crafts whooped and hollered below.

The Marines said it was the first time in recent memory — perhaps ever — that a raiding craft had been parachuted off the coast of the Japanese island prefecture.

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