VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) -- Center for Security Forces (CENSECFOR) Learning Site Little Creek at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story hosted an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighter Nov. 7.
Anthony Pettis and other UFC members took time to visit the Sailors and staff who teach the Navy's Amphibious Ready Group/Marine Expeditionary Unit Visit Board Search and Seizure (ARG/MEU VBSS) Boat Crew course.
On arrival, the group received a safety brief given by CENSECFOR Instructor Ryan McClellan and then donned protective gear provided by the site. The group boarded two 11-Meter Naval Special Warfare Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIB) and proceeded out on the Chesapeake Bay.
The UFC visitors experienced not only the speed of the craft and its maneuvering capability at high-speeds, but also how it can go from high-speed to a complete stop in seconds.
"The experience was amazing," said Pettis upon returning pier side. "I didn't know what to expect with diesel engines so we started off slow but once we got going we were going. It was fast and we got some waves and air out there, it was a good time."
The instructors of the ARG/MEU VBSS Boat Crew course teach unit-level boat crews the advanced skills needed to operate high-speed RHIBs. The crews learn how to use non-compliant and opposed mission profiles, tactics, and procedures. The U.S. Navy uses these specialized skills in direct support of its maritime interdiction operations.
"Thank you!" said Pettis offering a Veterans Day shout out to all the nation's men and women of the Armed Forces past and present. "When UFC offered me the fight and I knew it would be Veterans Day and my first time in Virginia, it was an amazing opportunity and I took it right away. A main event to fight in front of those who fight for us is awesome."
Pettis, a third degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and UFC lightweight champion from 2013 to 2015, took time to take photos with CENSECFOR Sailors and staff as well as others who passed by.
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