Thursday, September 17, 2015

This is what fast roping from a MV-22 looks like???? Photo by Cpl. Leah Agler

Marines with India Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force—Crisis Response—Central Command, conduct fast rope training from an MV-22 Osprey while deployed to Southwest Asia, Sept. 16, 2015. Fast roping allows Marines to insert ground forces quickly from the air, without the need for a stabilized landing zone.


The HRST Master sent one of his Marines own a rope and its hanging like that?  Take a real good look boys and girls.  Do you see the rope beneath that Marines body?  I can't tell if its just at an angle being blocked from view or if its what we see being whipped around.

I hope someone that's currently qualified can skool me on this but wow.  Just wow.  That looks dangerous as fuck (and I'm talking about beyond the "inherently dangerous" stuff that is done every day in training environments).

This looks more like a slide for life instead of a fast rope.  More info on this please (facts not opinions)...and if this is common why isn't it being fixed?

Sidenote.  Not slamming the HRST Master, not slamming 3/7, not slamming the wing.  I just want more info on how things are done today with regard to fast roping from MV-22's.

Sidenote 1.  Got my answer and it clears things up nicely.  It also explains why you don't see Marines fast roping with heavy gear from MV-22s.  "Ordinary" fast roping employs hands AND feet.  From what I've been told, fast roping from MV-22s is an upper body exercise.  The weak need not apply. 

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