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“Black Sheep” Marines Participate In Annual Combined Arms Training Exercise Lava Viper In Hawaii

November 04, 2016

Lava Viper is an annual combined arms training exercise that integrates ground elements such as infantry and logistics. It also includes indirect fire from artillery units as well as air support from aviation elements. Conducted at Range 13 aboard Pohakuloa Training Area, on the big island of Hawaii, the likes of U.S. Marines assigned to Combined Anti-Armor Team, Weapons Company 1st battalion 3rd Marine Regiment get the opportunity to practice utilizing BGM-71 TOW and FGM-148 Javelin missile systems, among other things.

A staple in the battalion’s pre-deployment training, Lava Viper 17.1 offers the U.S. Marines from Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment’s “Black Sheep” the chance to conduct direct fire training during this annual training exercise at Range 13 aboard Pohakuloa Training Area.


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