November 1997

Delemere Range, Australia: Using Mortars to Put Pilots on Target

Volume 80, Issue 11

The battle was raging all around, and members of a mortar platoon sent 81-mm. rounds downrange. Some enemy would laugh at the Marines' "incompetence" because the rounds landed about 1OO meters away.

The Marines, however, were on the radio.

"Target is 100 meters west of the mark," they told pilots flying F/A-18D fighter attack planes. The aircraft streaked to the designated spot and released a rain of bombs.

The results were no enemy were left in the area.

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