Irish Special Forces win international sniper competition
The Irish Special Forces unit with the Defence Force has won an international sniper competition in the United States. The Army Ranger Wing won both the international and overall categories in the United States Sniper Competition in Fort Benning, Georgia.
The competition took place over four days in marsh and bush lands, with 16 individual challenges. Tests include movement shoots by day and night, a sniper stalk, pistol shoots, obstacles courses, stress shoots and unknown distance shoots.
36 teams took part in the competition, drawn from the US military, international military and US state and federal law enforcement. This is the first time an international team has won both the overall and international competition categories. Other teams entered included the US rangers, airborne, Marine corps and mountain divisions, the FBI Swat team, and teams from Britain, Canada, Germany and Denmark.
Defence Forces chief of staff vice admiral Mark Mellett said that the win was “testament to the hard training and resolve” of the unit.
Last year, the previous Defence Forces sniper champions, the 27th Infantry Battalion from Aiken Barracks, Dundalk, came second in the international category and placed 21st overall. The Army Ranger Wing previously placed second in both 2011 and 2012.