These photos show how the US military trains for amphibious warfare

The seas are considered cruel mistresses, so it’s necessary for one to either stay clear or be prepared to face their unpredictable wrath. Considering that the surface of the planet consists of 71% water, it’s probably in the US military’s best interest to be prepared to perform on land and at sea.

Here are 17 pictures that show how it trains for amphibious warfare:


US Marines conduct a nighttime boat operation exercise using a Combat Rubber Raiding Craft aboard the USS Green Bay.

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Gunnery Sgt Ismael Pena/US Marine Corps

An instructor with the Animal Packers Course sings the “Marines’ Hymn” after completing a plunge into freezing water as part of the Winter Mountain Leaders Course.

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Cpl. Charles Santamaria/US Marine Corps

Recon Marines enter the water with their ankles bound and hands clenched tightly together during a proficiency screening at Camp Schwab in Japan.

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A US Raid Force Marine engages simulated hostile targets during an amphibious insertion for sustainment training.

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US Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Christopher Q. Stone/Released

Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) candidates cover themselves in sand during surf passage.

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Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michael Russell/US Navy

Republic of Korea marines with the US 7th Marine Regiment participate in a mock amphibious landing during an exercise.

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Master Sgt. Michael Schellenbach/US Marine Corps

US Marines perform a rescue drill during the Water Survival Course at Marine Corps Base Camp Johnson in North Carolina.

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Staff Sgt. Mark Fayloga/US Marine Corps

Force Recon Marines sprint into the water with their F470 Combat Rubber Raiding Crafts in preparation for hydrographic reconnaissance training at Marine Corps Training Area Bellows in Waimanalo, Hawaii.

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An officer candidate breaks the surface of the murky water of The Quigley at Brown Field at Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia.

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Cpl. Patrick H. Owens/US Marine Corps

A shallow-water egress trainer observes as a Marine goes upside down and attempts to breath compressed air from an emergency breathing system at Marine Corps Base Hawaii.

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Cpl. Matthew Callahan/US Marine Corps

Sailors assemble an M240G machine gun 15 feet underwater during the annual Recon Challenge at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.

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US Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Sarah Wolff-Diaz

US Marines conduct an underwater gear shed during a swim qualification course at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in North Carolina.

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Lance Cpl. Jered T. Stone/US Marine Corps

US Marines with a Special Operations Training Group practice breaching and riding on Combat Rubber Raiding Crafts.

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Special warfare combatant-craft crewmen and members of the US Army 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR) conduct a Maritime External Air Transportation System training evolution in Moses Lake, Washington.

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Sgt. Christopher Prows/US Army

Students at the Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center play underwater football.

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U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Abraham Essenmacher/Released

A Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) candidate waves a flare during a simulated-dive casualty drill while training at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado in California.

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U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Dominique M. Canales/Released

A US Navy diver welds a patch onto an underwater structure.

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Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jayme Pastoric/US Navy