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Old 08-03-2015, 07:51 PM   #18
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Lightbulb Beach Patrol

On the Beach - Waltzing Matilda HQ..
In 1964, in the months following World War III, the conflict has devastated the northern hemisphere, polluting the atmosphere with nuclear fallout, killing all life there. Air currents are slowly carrying the fallout south; the only areas still habitable are in the far reaches of the southern hemisphere..From Australia, survivors detect an incomprehensible Morse code signal coming from the west coast of the United States.. The last American nuclear submarine, USS Sawfish, under Royal Australian Navy command, is ordered to sail north to the U. S. to attempt to make contact with the sender of the Morse signal.. The submarine is commanded by Captain Dwight Towers , who must leave his new friend, the alcoholic Moira Davidson...

The Force Reconnaissance companies (FORECON), also known as Force Recon, (0358) are one of the United States Marine Corps's special operations capable forces (SOC) that provide essential elements of military intelligence to the command element of the Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF); supporting their task force commanders, and their subordinate operating units of the Fleet Marine Force (FMF)..Two different mission types emerged during the Vietnam War, which are still implemented in the Force Reconnaissance motives today: Key Hole and Sting Ray.. These practices subsequently became contemporary as "deep reconnaissance", or green operations; and "direct action", which are known as black operations..Key Hole patrols were designed purely around reconnaissance and surveillance; usually lightly equipped and armed with defensive weapons—evasive techniques were employed to break contact from the enemy should the need arise, avoiding contact with the enemy was paramount.. Sting Ray operations were the exact opposite of Key Hole missions with goals more closely in line of offensive strikes, the FORECON operators were heavily armed and used artillery and/or naval gunfire support, if available...

A 4-man team of Marines simulate in infiltrating a beachhead to gain information about the enemy mine and its adjacent beaches to help forecast a 'ship-to-shore' landing operation..

The principal mission of Force Recon is reconnaissance, to collect any pertinent intelligence of military importance, observe, identify and report adversaries to MAGTF commanders.. Like Division Recon (also known as the Marine Recon Battalions), they employ a mixed element of amphibious reconnaissance and ground reconnaissance. These missions are known as green operations.. This practice fundamentally covers a wide spectrum of reconnaissance but primarily the FORECON operators conduct deep reconnaissance..They operate at such great distances that they are beyond the boundaries, or fan, of any artillery and/or naval gunfire support (NGFS); unlike their Division Recon brethren, whose operations are primarily within the artillery and gunfire support fan.. Silence and stealth are vital in reducing chances of compromising their position—if a single round is fired, the mission is deemed to have failed...

Force Recon will train with other Special Operations forces, such as, United States Navy SEALs, United States Army Special Forces, and United States Air Force Pararescue, in order to master all skill sets.. The Marine Corps has seen fit to train versatile specialists rather than specialists in individual areas of combat..Black operations are the missions that require direct action (DA).. They are the opposite of green operations missions, where the Force Recon operators basically "look for trouble".. Depending on the situation and the target location, the FORECON operators usually conduct direct action missions within the artillery and naval gun support fan; these operations demonstrate "small-scale" shock and awe..Each Force Reconnaissance company is basically the same, they all contain its command element and Force Recon platoons.. Each company is in command by a company commander and his executive officer..The historical roots of 'Force Recon' companies can be traced back to the antecedent Amphibious Reconnaissance Battalion, whose numerous pre-D–Day reconnoitering of enemy beaches during the Pacific campaigns of World War II proved the vitality of the Fleet Marine Force's amphibious reconnaissance doctrine.. This unique unit reported directly to the landing force commander, which exercised his availability of receiving important intelligence at his disposal..Formed initially as a company-size element from the Observer Group, under the command of Major James L. Jones, they were amongst the first—along with the early Navy Combat Demolition Units (the predecessor to the Underwater Demolition Teams [i.e., the Navy SEALs])—to embark from submarines; most of their missions complemented those of the NCDU and the UDT.. The 'amphibious reconnaissance' doctrine clearly outlined that the recon Marines duties consisted of scouting the littoral areas, or beachhead, to inland; to test the soil permeability of a possible beach landing, or to clear any obstacles that may hinder an amphibious assault, and to observe any sign of enemy activity.. The Navy UDT were tasked to provide the same, but from off the coastline to the littoral, or adjacent beach areas... would ever have believed that human beings would be stupid enough to blow themselves off the face of the Earth?.You Maniacs!. You blew it up!. Ah, damn you!. God damn you all to hell!..

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