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USMC Implements Use of New Night Vision Goggles

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A Marine with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Force Reconnaissance Platoon waits on the flight deck before low-light fast rope training aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), underway in the Pacific Ocean, June 25, 2017. The FRP Marines train regularly for quick, tactical raids of targets on both land and sea. Fast roping allows Marines to enter inaccessible locations via rope from a hovering aircraft. The 31st MEU partners with the Navy’s Amphibious Squadron 11 to form the amphibious component of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group. The 31st MEU and PHIBRON 11 combine to provide a cohesive blue-green team capable of accomplishing a variety of missions across the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. T. T. Parish/Released)

The U.S. Marine Corps has commenced fielding of a new situational awareness tool for Marines in night-time operations.

The Binocular Night Vision Goggle II is a helmet-mounted binocular designed to boost night perception and magnify ambient light through the use of white phosphor image intensification technology, USMC said Tuesday.

The binocular also features a clip-on thermal imager that produces thermal overlay for clearer imagery, and a binocular night vision device that uses ambient light to provide detailed visuals of objects in the dark.

These functions work together to help Marines detect buried explosives, locate hidden objects and perceive depths.

The Marine Corps Systems Command started deploying the BNVG II for reconnaissance and explosive disposal operations this spring and plans to fully field the binoculars in the second quarter of 2019.

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