17 Badass Photos of the U.S. Marine Corps

Happy birthday to America’s leathernecks.

Nov. 10, 2015, 6:23 a.m.

The U.S. Mar­ine Corps turned 240 on Tues­day. Check out some of the US­MC’s best pho­tos from its Flickr ac­count

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, July 3, 2013. Northern Lion II was a Georgian-led operation conducted to deter insurgents, establish a presence, and gather human intelligence in the area. National Journal
A Light Armored Vehicle attached to 4th Marine Division, sits on the horizon during exercise Trident Juncture 2015 in Almería, Spain, Oct. 30, 2015. The exercise provided an opportunity for Reserve Marines to gain experience within their military occupational specialty and demonstrates their readiness in conjunction with other foreign nationals. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl Gabrielle Quire/Released
Trinity Marines fire the BGM-71 missile during exercise Lava Viper, one of the staples of their pre-deployment training, at Range 20 aboard Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii, Oct. 24, 2015. Lava Viper provides the Hawaii-based Marines with an opportunity to conduct various movements, live-fire and tactical training. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Harley Thomas/Released
Orlando, Fla., native Cpl. Suzette Clemans, a military working dog handler with 1st Law Enforcement Battalion, I Marine Expeditionary Force, and Denny, her Belgian Malinois patrol explosive detection dog, prepare to search for explosives on the beach aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Oct. 21, 2015. Exposing dog teams to working with different equipment and scenarios enhances their skills across a range of secuirty threats in support of Marine Air Ground Task Force operations. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Caitlin Bevel/Released
A U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey approaches the flight deck of the USS Boxer for a landing while being guided by a member of the flight crew Oct. 19, at San Diego. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Briauna Birl/Released
Lance Cpl. Dakota A. Kaiser engages enemy units during a raid on Combat Town, Central Training Area, Okinawa, Japan, October 26, 2015. The raid was part of Blue Chromite 2016, a large-scale amphibious exercise that achieves high-level training at a low cost, while keeping naval forces in a forward-deployed posture. U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Lance Cpl. Steven Tran/Released
A UH-1Y Venom lifts off of an expeditionary airfield during an air ground defense exercise at Landing Zone Bull at Chocolate Mountain Aerial Gunnery Range, California, Oct. 10, 2015. This training evolution is apart of a seven week training event, hosted by Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Summer Dowding/Released
Gunnery Sgt. Dragos Coca engages targets during a desert survival and tactics course. Coca is a platoon sergeant with 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit. Elements of the 15th MEU trained with the 5th Overseas Combined Arms Regiment in Djibouti from Sept. 21 to Oct. 7 in order to improve interoperability between the MEU and the French military. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Steve H. Lopez/Released
Marines brace against rotor wash during an assault support tactics exercise at Landing Zone Bull, Chocolate Mountain Aerial Gunnery Range, California, Oct. 12, 2015. This exercise was part of a seven week training event, hosted by Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Roderick L. Jacquote/Released
U.S. Marines and French Gendarmerie form a wall of shields as a Molotov cocktail explodes near their feet at the National Gendarmerie Tactical Training Center in Saint-Astier, France, Oct. 9. A platoon of Marines with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa, had a unique opportunity to train at the center, specialized in restoring order and professional intervention. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Vitaliy Rusavskiy/Released
Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Robert B. Neller, speaks to Marines, Sailors and civilians at the San Mateo Parade Deck, Camp Pendleton, California, Oct. 5, 2015. Neller outlined the Corps current priorities, expectations, listened and answered Marines' questions. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Gabriela Garcia/Released
Two FA-18 Jets are displayed in front of the Wall of Fire during the Marine Corps Community Services sponsored 2015 Air Show aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, San Diego, California, Oct. 3, 2015. U.S. Marine Corps Combat Camera photo by Cpl. Trever A. Statz/Released
11th Marine Regiment works through the debris and fog in order to fire rounds during Supporting Arms Coordination Center Exercise on San Clemente Island, California, Sept. 25, 2015. The exercise is the first time these Marines and sailors will work together at sea in preparation for deployment. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Alvin Pujols/Released
Captain Sean Wolterman, the air officer for the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, coordinates the landing of a MV-22 Osprey onto San Clemente Island, California, Sept. 24, 2015. The exercise is the first the Marines and Sailors will work together at sea as they prepare for deployment to the Pacific and Central Command areas of responsibility in early 2016. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Alvin Pujols/Released
Recon Marines with 1st Marine Division, jump from a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft during high altitude, high opening parachute insertion training over Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Sept. 17, 2015. The goal of the training was to sharpen a skill set that is of great advantage to expeditionary forces, allowing the jumpers to infiltrate locations where access would be too difficult for vehicles. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Devan Gowans/Released
Lance Cpl. Griffin Forrester stands his post in his fighting hole during a beach raid aboard Camp Pendleton, California, March 6, 2015. After securing the beach, Marines tactically moved to Camp Horno, where the Marines dug fighting holes and trained in defensive tactics during Amphibious Squadron/Marine Expeditionary Unit Integration Training. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Emmanuel Ramos/Released
Staff Sgt. John Freeseha, instructor and instructor with the Animal Packers Course, begins singing the Marine’s Hymn after completing a plunge into freezing water during an Ice-Breaker Drill as part of Winter Mountain Leaders Course 1-15 at Levitt Lake, Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center, Bridgeport, California, Jan. 30, 2015. It was the first time in approximately three years since the drill was conducted at MCMWTC. Official Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Charles Santamaria/Released

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