VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) -- United States Fleet Forces Command is holding its annual All-Navy Rifle and Pistol (East) Championships April 24 -30 at Naval Air Station Oceana's Dam Neck Annex.
The first part of the competition is called "Fleet Week" and is open to Sailors from all commands on the East Coast. This week focuses on small arms marksmanship training and competition.
"Whatever your service is, small arms training is a fundamental skill-set," said Match Director Cmdr. Mick Glancey, of Navy Cyber Forces Command.
According to Glancey, with more and more Sailors deploying to the Central Command Area of Responsibility in support of ground operations, side-arm competency has become more important.
According to Glancey, the All-Navy Rifle and Pistol (East) Championships have taken place since the year 1907.
The training includes multiple shooting techniques including proper stance, grip, focus, the proper way to aim and maintaining stability during the shot.
The second week is the "All Navy" portion of the competition in which the 100 best shooters from the prior week are invited back for a higher level of competition.
"The competition is a lot tougher, it's a lot tighter and from the All-Navy week we compete against the west coast, east coast versus the west coast," said Glancey.
The top twenty active and reserve shooters from both pistol and rifle categories will go on to represent the Navy in the inter-service and National Rifle and Pistol championships in Camp Perry, Ohio.
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