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17 Badass Photos of the U.S. Marine Corps

Happy birthday to America's leathernecks.

photo of Marina Koren
November 10, 2013

The U.S. Marine Corps turned 238 on Sunday. Check out some of this year's best photos from its Flickr account

26th Marine Expeditionary Unit Maritime Raid Force Marines climb aboard a rigid-hull inflatable boat after conducting scout swimming exercises at sea in April.(Cpl. Christopher Q. Stone/U.S. Marine Corps)

A Marine stack takes cover behind a protective blanket during an explosion Aug. 28 while completing a demolitions training evolution at a demo range in the Central Training Area in Okinawa, Japan. The knowledge of the different types of explosives in urban mobility breaching is vital to combat engineers as they perform a key role in a wartime theater. The Marines are combat engineers with 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force.(Lance Cpl. Jose Lujano/U.S. Marine Corps)

Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 464 assists Marines of 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion conduct special-purpose insertion and extraction training aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 13.(Lance Cpl. Ryan Joyner/U.S. Marine Corps)


Three F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, fly in formation during fixed-wing aerial-refueling training over eastern California on Aug. 27. VMFA-121 is the first F-35B squadron in the Marine Corps.(Lance Cpl. Raquel Barraza/U.S. Marine Corps)

U.S. Marines assigned to Georgian Liaison Team-9 and Georgian Army soldiers assigned to the 33rd Light Infantry Battalion make their way to the extraction point during Operation Northern Lion II in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on July 3. Northern Lion II was a Georgian-led operation conducted to deter insurgents, establish a presence, and gather human intelligence in the area.(Cpl. Alejandro Pena/U.S. Marine Corps)

Marines with Maritime Raid Force, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct a deck shoot on the flight deck aboard USS New Orleans on Oct. 20. The 13th MEU is deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.(Sgt. Ammon W. Carter/U.S. Marine Corps)


Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252 Marines conduct daily operations as part of 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward), the aviation combat element for the southwestern regional command of the NATO International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan.(Sgt. Bryan Peterson/U.S. Marine Corps)

A reconnaissance Marine with 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, parachutes to the ground after a low-altitude static line jump Jan. 22. The Marines recently participated in both high and low-altitude sustainment jumps in order to stay proficient.(Cpl. Jeff Drew/U.S. Marine Corps)

A Marine with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Battalion Landing Team 1/4, fires the M777 howitzer during a battery defense battle drill at Arta Range on Nov. 3. A five-person gun crew can fire as many as five rounds per minute.(Staff Sgt. Staci Miller/U.S. Marine Corps)


Marines jump out of the back of a KC-130J Hercules while conducting aerial delivery training during exercise Cobra Gold 2013 near Utapao Royal Thai Navy Air Field, Kingdom of Thailand, Feb. 15. Marines participated in the training with Royal Thai reconnaissance Marines, enhancing the two nations' combat readiness and military-to-military cooperation. The Marines are with 3rd Marine Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force.(Lance Cpl. Todd Michalek/U.S. Marine Corps)

Cpl. Barrett Helzer from Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division kneels next to Canadian soldier Pvt. Alexandre Douville from Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, Royal 22nd Regiment, 5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group, Land Force Quebec Area as he fires an 84mm high-explosive antitank round from a Carl Gustav recoilless rifle while conducting live fire and maneuver drills during Dawn Blitz 2013 on Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 15.(Lance Cpl. Darien J. Bjorndal/U.S. Marine Corps)

United States Marines with Africa Partnership Station participated in a training exercise focusing on riot control, riverine operations, ambush-reaction drills, and more Oct. 18.(Sgt. Marco Mancha/U.S. Marine Corps)


Marines with Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines (2/8), Regimental Combat Team 7, and Afghan National Security Forces provide security during Operation Nightmare in Nowzad, Afghanistan, June 6.(Cpl. Kowshon Ye/U.S. Marine Corps)

Marines with Battery N, 5th Battalion, 14th Marine Regiment, fire an M777 A2 howitzer during a series of integrated firing exercises at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Centter Twentynine Palms' Quakenbush Training Area April 26.(Cpl. Ali Azimi/U.S. Marine Corps)

Lance Cpl. Chris Eichelberger, a Huey door gunner with a Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169, and a native of San Diego, unloads on a target at the Chocolate Mountain Aerial Gunnery Range, Calif., Oct. 2. Huey door gunners participated in the close-air support exercise as supporting gunners for the student pilot to be able to learn to communicate and coordinate with the two gunners on the helicopter.(Cpl. Zachary Scanlon/U.S. Marine Corps)


An AH-1W Super Cobra helicopter and UH-1Y Huey helicopter fly off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii, toward Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay during maintenance and readiness flights June 13.(Sgt. Reece Lodder/U.S. Marine Corps)

Marines with Marine Aircraft Group 24 dive in to conduct their annual mishap drill training in Kaneohe Bay, June 11.(Lance Cpl. Suzanna Lapi/U.S. Marine Corps)

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