Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Donald W. Livingston, assigned to the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), fires an M-240 machine gun on the ship’s fantail. George H.W. Bush is conducting training operations in the Atlantic Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Leonard Adams)
Aviation Ordnanceman Third Class Justin Venturo requalifies on the M-16A3 rifle during a weapons fire onboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). USS Lincoln and her battle group are currently deployed in the North Arabian Sea in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
A member of Naval Special Warfare Group One, Reserve Detachment 219, fires an M-60 automatic rifle on a range during a training exercise held at Camp Roberts National Guard Base near Santa Maria, Calif. The detachment is conducting weekend drills to improve their skills in heavy weapons and field craft, to better support forward deployed units. Naval Special Warfare Group One, Reserve Detachment 219, homeported in Port Hueneme, Calif., is a Naval Reserve combat support detachment, which provides support to active duty Naval Special Warfare commands while forward deployed. (U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 1st Class Arlo K. Abrahamson.)
Machinist Mate 2nd Class Walter Blackburn runs a bore cleaner through the bore of an M-16 rifle in the ships armory aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Carrier Air Wing Three (CVW-3) is embarked aboard Truman and is providing close air support and conducting intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions over Iraq. Truman Carrier Strike Group and CVW-3 are on a regularly scheduled deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism. (U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate Airman Eric S. Garst)
An empty shell casing ejects from the chamber of a 9mm Beretta handgun as Photographer’s Mate Airman Gregory Pierot participates in a small weapons qualification aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier and her embarked Carrier Air Wing Three (CVW-3) are providing close air support and conducting intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions over Iraq. The Truman Carrier Strike Group is on a regularly scheduled deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism. (U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate Airman Kristopher Wilson)
Chief Petty Officers sight in on their targets with 9mm handguns during live fire small arms qualifications aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Truman is currently conducting carrier qualifications and sustainment operations off of the East Coast. (U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 3rd Class Kristopher Wilson)
Damage Controlman 3rd Class Taquisha Sims, right, unloads her firearm during small arms qualification aboard guided missile destroyer USS O’Kane (DDG 77). O’Kane, having conducted flight and integrated Strike Group operations off the coast of Guam, is transiting west as part of the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group (JCSSG) toward the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility (AOR) as part of a deployment to promote peace, regional cooperation and stability. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark G. Logico)
Crewman Qualification Training (CQT) students provide cover for their teammates in a medical evacuation training scenario at the Naval Special Warfare Center in Coronado, Calif. CQT is a 14-week advanced training course teaching basic weapons, seamanship, first aid and small unit tactics to Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewman (SWCC) trainees. SWCCs operate and maintain the Navy’s inventory of state-of-the-art, high-speed boats used to support SEALs in special operations missions worldwide. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Menzie)
John Baker dry-fires his Beretta 9mm pistol during tactical handgun marksmanship training at Woolmarket Pistol and Rifle Range during a Navy Expeditionary Combat Skills School training exercise. The school is designed to build basic-level battlefield competence for sailors from the newly formed Navy Expeditionary Combat Command. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Roger S. Duncan)
A spent cartridge ejects from the chamber of an M-4 rifle during a weapons qualification exercise on the flight deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43). Fort McHenry is deployed with the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group supporting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kristopher Wilson)
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