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Marines dressed as santa Claus in holiday-themed underwater photo shoot

The Honorable Mr. Santa Claus, commanding Officer of Holiday Cheer, NORTHPOLECOM, perform basic swim qualification Camp Pendleton, Calif., Dec. 19, 2017. Basic water survival is a training requirement for Claus and all operational reindeer to pass every two years to maintain their water survival skills. The purpose of this training was to ensure that the NORTHPOLECOM Logistics team was prepared for their coming night operations on christmas Eve.

(U. S. Marine Corps photo by GySgt. Evan Ahlin)

The 1st Marine Logistics Group at Camp Pendleton, Calif., got in the holiday spirit and dressed as santa Claus as part of an underwater photo shoot to show off their photographic skills and with a water-training.

The Honorable Mr. Santa Claus, commanding Officer of Holiday Cheer, NORTHPOLECOM, perform basic swim qualification Camp Pendleton, Calif., Dec. 19, 2017. Basic water survival is a training requirement for Claus and all operational reindeer to pass every two years to maintain their water survival skills. The purpose of this training was to ensure that the NORTHPOLECOM Logistics team was prepared for their coming night operations on christmas Eve.

(U. S. Marine Corps photo by GySgt. Evan Ahlin)

Lt. Adam Miller, of the 1st Marine Logistics Group Communication Strategy and Activities of the office, told Fox News a couple of Marines dressed in a Santa for the photo as part of “an internal training opportunity for us to maintain currency in our underwater photography skills.”

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Miller said that his group felt the pictures would be better if they dressed the part and got into the spirit of the holiday. The photos were posted on the 1st Marine Logistics Group Facebook page as part of a holiday message.

“The goal of the shoot was to the original images of a joyful nature for the holiday season and to practice our underwater photography skills as that is a possibility, which we keep to cover Marine Corps training or operations that take place in the water,” Miller told Fox News in an e-mail.

The Navy is also a video made of the water survival training, where Santa made an appearance. Captain Sean Daley, the commander of Bridge Company, played Santa in the video. Miller said that the exercise should be carried out by the Marines for two years.

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