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‘Warlords’ conduct indirect-fire training with mortars

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61mm mortar system
Marines with 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment learn how to make adjustments on the 61mm mortar system at a live-fire range aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., June 25, 2015. The exercise allowed Marines new to the unit to gain knowledge and experience with both 61mm and 80 mm mortal systems. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Michael Dye/Released)

Story by Cpl. Michael Dye

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – Marines and sailors with 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, conducted mortar training to better familiarize themselves with operating the weapon systems aboard Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, June 25.

“We are out here firing 80mm mortars and 61mm mortars,” said Cpl. Brian Walsh, a squad leader with the unit. “We’ve been using the direct lay method of fire, and have not been using the Fire Direction Center.”

The Fire Direction Center is someone who computes the target’s information like location and grid coordinate and relays the information back to the gunman.

A mortar is a weapon that fires explosive projectiles onto a target. Typical mortar teams consist of a gunner, assistant gunner, squad leader and an ammo man.

“The direct lay method is one of the most exciting ways you can fire mortars as a squad,” said Walsh. “It’s all up to the Marines to make their own adjustments because they are not relying on a person from the FDC to give them corrections.”

This training is useful for the Marines because it allows them to train like they are in combat. In combat it is possible that they may not have someone telling them what corrections to make; they must make the corrections on their own.

“Doing this type of training is also a lot more gratifying,” Walsh said. “When you see that round impact on the target that you wanted, and you know it was all your work that did it, it’s a great feeling.”

Marines can utilize mortars for a variety of scenarios, including engaging enemy troops, attacking tanks or even bombarding structures.

With new Marines joining the unit, the Marines took the time to ensure that all their junior members had a working knowledge of how to operate the weapon systems accurately and quickly.

“These Marines did very well,” Walsh said. “It was very hot outside, but these Marines showed me that they can function as a team and operate this weapon under extreme conditions. They have shown that they can apply what they have learned at the School of Infantry and bring it to the [Fleet Marine Force].

Live fire mortar exercise
Marines with 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment fire a 60mm mortar during a live-fire exercise aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., June 25, 2015. The unit conducted the training to better prepare the Marines for the use of the direct lay method of fire. The direct lay method requires the Marines to make all their adjustments themselves and not rely on a Fire Direction Center. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Michael Dye/Released)
Live fire range Marine Corps
A Marine with 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment prepares mortarrounds during a live-fire exercise aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., June 25, 2015. This live-fire range was conducted to better train the Marines in using the direct lay method of fire. The direct lay method requires the Marines to do all their own adjustments and not relying on a Fire Direction Center. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Michael Dye/Released)

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