3/05/2006

Marines at the Beach

I know these Marines from the Gulfport Naval Construction Battalion Center are training. But it looked like it was play also. I mean, what could be more fun than storming into and out of the water in these amphibious beauties. I was told they are Amtracs and the idea is to "shove" as many troops into the back of them. Though I asked 4 or 5 of the Marines, none would let me drive or ride. Hey, it never hurts to ask!







Heading off into the Gulf of Mexico from the beach in Gulfport.









They were fast! I would estimate they were going 25-30 knots. I could be mistaken. But they did cover a lot of ground in a very short time.








The Marines are landing! Gulfport is being invaded! Nah, after a hard morning of "work", they are going back to the Seabee base.








It was a lot of fun watching them. I had just made my first trip to Pass Christian and saw them from Hwy 90 when I made it back to Gulfport. I pulled into the parking bay and had an enjoyable couple of hours just watching them and taking pictures. Though I am still disappointed that I didn't get to drive one.

2 Comments:

Blogger MissingLink said...

Good shots again.
I used to ride in a similar vehicles(much earlier models) and of course I was on the other side of the iron curtain.
After a while it not so exciting.

4:39 PM  
Anonymous seawitch said...

felis,

Thanks you.

4:57 PM  

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