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Marines Conduct Aerial Refueling Training in Hazardous Scenario

The U.S. Marine Corps has completed a “hot refueling” training exercise in Iwakuni, Japan, to familiarize marines with special equipment designed for operations in hazardous environments.

Marines wore Mission Oriented Protective Posture 4 gear composed of a mask, boots, suit and gloves during an F-35B Lightning II aircraft refueling activity, the Defense Department said Monday.

“This exercise enables us to refine our standard operating procedures while familiarizing the Marines to operate in gear they aren’t used to,” said Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Martin Aldrete, a maintenance controller from VMFA-121.

MOPP is designed to protect troops as they train to operate in areas where chemical, biological or radiological weapons can affect their missions.

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