The U.S. Coast Guard is widely known and recognized by its daring rescue missions and its intercepts of drug and human trafficking. Respected as one of the toughest branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, the U.S. Coast Guard is always watching America’s borders, ready for everything and anything thrown its way. As a maritime, military, multi-mission service unique among the U.S. military branches for having a maritime law enforcement mission and a federal regulatory agency mission as part of its mission set, the U.S. Coast Guard has jurisdiction in both domestic and international waters. However, the public very seldomly gets a glimpse of other areas of the guardian of our coasts training exercises.
That is exactly what this short video brings us, a powerful machine gun live fire exercise off America’s coast. Manning a Browning (M2) .50 Caliber, a versatile, air-cooled, belt-fed machine gun, coasties aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Manta (WPB-87320) show what they have for whoever would dare to challenge them. The legendary Browning (M2) .50-caliber machine gun has been extensively used by the U.S. military across multiple platforms and in literally dozens of conflicts. Watching these coasties performing live fire drills you can see why.
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