Mortars arrive by sea, attack on land, extract by air
April 17, 2012
By Tyler Main
CAP DRAA, Morocco - Marine mortar men from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, in support of African Lion 2012, executed a quick-strike, indirect-fire mission on a simulated enemy fuel convoy at Cap Draa, Morocco, April 9.
Marines of 81 mm mortar platoon, Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, Battalion Landing Team, 24th MEU raided and secured a beach on Cap Draa after traveling from the USS Iwo Jima by Landing Craft Air Cushion - a large amphibious hover craft.
After securing the beach, Marines trudged up a rocky, sand-covered mountain, carrying their 81 mm mortar systems, ammunition and their personal weapons while clad in body armor and kevlar helmets. Some Marines were carrying nearly 100 pounds of equipment. They had to move all of this equipment to the attack position a few miles inland.