Marine Raider canine clocks in for a SPIE ride (6 PHOTOS)

MARSOC conducts SPIE training with HMLA-167

This is one Devil Dog you really don’t want to tangle with– even when muzzled. (Photo: Lance Cpl. Austin A. Lewis/U.S. Marine Corps)

The military has long used Special Patrol Insertion/Extraction techniques for hard to reach areas– and Marine canines are ready to go along as needed.

SPIE is an old-school technique that has been around for generations and was invented by the Marines during the Vietnam era to lower and pick up recon units in very tight places.

Today, the Marine Raider Regiment and their multipurpose canine working dogs still train and use the technique– because it still works.

The above image and all the below are of MARSOC Marines using a UH-1Y Huey assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 167, during SPIE training at Stone Bay, Camp Lejeune, N.C., Sept. 23, 2015.

MARSOC conducts SPIE training with HMLA-167 MARSOC conducts SPIE training with HMLA-167 MARSOC conducts SPIE training with HMLA-167MARSOC conducts SPIE training with HMLA-167 MARSOC conducts SPIE training with HMLA-167

Read More On:

Latest Reviews

  • Four Years Later: IWI Tavor SAR Revisited

    Though IWI's X95, released in 2016, usurps the SAR, my Tavor SAR is still part of the family. For those just now coming across this model, how has it stood up over the years? Let's find out.

    Read More
  • Scope Review: Leupold VX-Freedom FireDot Twilight Hunter

    The budget-friendly line of American-made Leupold VX-Freedom riflescopes found a welcome audience last year, but 2020 sees even more interesting additions to the family, with our hands-down favorite being the illuminated-reticle FireDot line.

    Read More
  • Ruger AR-556: An Outstanding Gateway AR

    It should come as no surprise the Ruger name is synonymous with value, and its’ AR-556 looks to fit this mold as an entry-level AR-15 with a reasonable MSRP. So how does the no-frills Ruger AR-556 perform when put to the test? Read on to find out.

    Read More
  • A Look at the Sig P238, A Year Later

    The Sig Sauer P238 was the first .380 ACP BUG to grace my gun safe, a welcomed addition to the 9mm polymers, .38 SPL revolvers, and .45 ACP 1911s. After more than a year's worth of use, where do I stand on the P238? Let's find out.

    Read More