Tyler Marine prepares for live fire exercise

Published on Monday, 30 September 2013 12:00 - Written by

Lance Cpl. Michael Gonzalez of Tyler prepares ammunition for the M240B automatic firearm during a live fire exercise recently.

The exercise was part of a weeklong engagement in which U.S. Marines and sailors with APS 13 trained with Senegalese forces to further promote maritime security and partnership in the area. The Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine commandos grew even more familiar with their M16A2 assault rifles, and took turns firing the squad automatic weapons and the M240B. Africa Partnership Station is a combined exercise between U.S., Dutch, Spanish, British Marines and their African partners that strengthens partnerships to improve safety and security both at sea and ashore, working together for a shared common goal that helps foster mutual trust and understanding.

The international task force of Marines embarked the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) landing platform dock HNLMS Rotterdam (L800) Aug. 30 as part of a three-month comprehensive effort to strengthen capabilities with African partner forces in West Africa. (U.S. Marine Corps photo/Sgt. Marco Mancha)