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The Marine Corps ‘Tercio de Armada’ and the U.S. Navy participate in a parachuting exercise from a ‘Blackhawk’ helicopter (SH-60). - Navy News - Armada Española - Ministerio de Defensa - Gobierno de España

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The Marine Corps ‘Tercio de Armada’ and the U.S. Navy participate in a parachuting exercise from a ‘Blackhawk’ helicopter (SH-60).
It was an excellent opportunity for joint training since Spanish MC Parachutists normally jump from fixed-wing aircraft.
Thursday, March 30, 2017


On March 24th, a controlled opening parachute exercise was conducted in Rota Naval Base (SW Spain) with elements from the Spanish Marine Corps ‘Tercio de Armada’ (TEAR) and the U.S. Navy. They jumped from an SH-60 ‘Blackhawk helicopter flying at 10,000 feet.

The exercises was organized by the US EODMU-8 stationed in Rota. This Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit regularly trains with Spanish Marine Corps units (more specifically from the TEAR) under the Bilateral Training Exercises Conference between Spain and the United States of America.

The parachuting capability of the TEAR is mainly entrusted to the Reconnaissance and Target Acquisition Company of the Marine Corps Battalion. Parachuting is one of the main insertion methods used by this Company in the course of amphibious operations.

It was an excellent opportunity for joint training since Spanish TEAR parachutists usually jump from fixed-wing aircraft.

The Reconnaissance and Target Acquisition Company

This Company was set up in June 2012 as a result of the integration of the old Reconnaissance Unit into the MC Headquarters Battalion.

It is tasked with reconnaissance missions paving the way for the safe operation of the Marine Corps Brigade, including target acquisition, fire control and mobility tasks and also insertion and extraction missions with parachutists and divers.

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