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U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Daniel Echevarria, intelligence analyst, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, launches an RQ-20B Puma drone during Operation Wild Buck (OWB) at Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, Dec. 18, 2018. OWB is a proof of concept exercise designed to demonstrate the potential employment of multiple-integrated unmanned aerial systems for the purposes of tracking missing or unauthorized personnel, animals and in response during wildfires or disasters. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Emmanuel Necoechea)

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Daniel Echevarria, intelligence analyst, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, launches an RQ-20B Puma drone during Operation Wild Buck (OWB) at Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, Dec. 18, 2018. OWB is a proof of concept exercise designed to demonstrate the potential employment of multiple-integrated unmanned aerial systems for the purposes of tracking missing or unauthorized personnel, animals and in response during wildfires or disasters. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Emmanuel Necoechea) Stock Photo
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10272 x 6848 px | 87 x 58 cm | 34.2 x 22.8 inches | 300dpi

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18 December 2018

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USA

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