Marines raid water park in urban-assault training held in Hawaii for first time
FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii – On a typical day, thrill-seekers slide the likes of Tornado, Volcano Express and Big Kahuna at the Wet ‘n’ Wild Hawaii water park in suburban Honolulu.
But Tuesday night after visitors had left for the day, the deserted 25-acre park was the scene of a mock raid by Marines and sailors with the Okinawa-based 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, joined by local FBI agents and officers with the Honolulu Police Department.
The Maritime Raid Force – composed of roughly two Marine Corps platoons and almost a dozen FBI agents – stealthily breached the meeting site of a “high-value target,” capturing a quarry they’d hunted for days.
Marine and FBI snipers atop the towering Tornado ride fired live rounds into an enemy silhouette target placed in the center of the park – four-out-of-four shots to the head.
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