THE Irish Army Ranger Wing has won a prestigious sniper competition in the US, becoming the first international team to do so.
The team won the 15th International & U.S Sniper Competition at Fort Benning in the US state of Georgia.
They won both the International and overall categories, facing down competition from 36 other teams drawn from the U.S military, international military and U.S state and federal law enforcemen.
The Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces Vice Admiral Mark Mellett DSM said:
"The Army Ranger Wing have long been regarded as one of the finest Special Forces Units in the world. This victory is testament to their hard training and resolve."
The winner of the domestic Defence Forces Sniper Concentration is automatically selected to represent the Irish Defence Forces at this competition. The team is a sniper pair (shooter and spotter) and a team coach.
Other teams entered included the U.S Rangers, Airborne, Marine Corps and Mountain Divisions, the F.B.I Swat Team as well as teams from Britain, Canada, Germany and Denmark.
The competition takes place over four days in the Deep South marsh and bush lands, encompassing 16 individual challenges.
Tests include a sniper stalk, movement shoots by day and night, obstacles courses, pistol shoots, stress shoots and unknown distance shoots.