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