Amid the pristine beaches and resorts of Hawaii, there is a major Marine Corps base of critical importance to U.S. Pacific operations.
The Marine Corps Base at Kaneohe Bay is home to U.S. Pacific Command, Marine Corps Forces Pacific, and the Pacific division of Special Operations Command, including thousands of active-duty fleet Marines from the 3rd Marine Regiment and Marine Aircraft Group 24.
One of the lucky Marines stationed there is Sgt. Reece Lodder, an award-winning Marine Corps combat correspondent, who recently took to the skies to photograph Marine helicopter operations over Kaneohe Bay.
Lodder was kind enough to share images from his trip.
With just a pilot and co-pilot, the Marine Corps Cobra carries a heavy load of rockets and other weapons.
Specifically, the Cobra has a 20mm turreted cannon with 750 rounds and can hold rockets and a wide variety of precision guided missiles, including Hellfire and Sidewinder missiles
This Cobra (foreground) has a top speed of 170 miles per hour. The Huey, a newer model, can travel at nearly 190 mph.
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