The US Marine Corps, the service famous for being "first to fight," turns 244 years old Sunday.

Since the establishment of the Corps on 10 November, 1775, the Marines have fought tough battles in nearly every corner of the world, and they have earned a reputation for being some of the world's fiercest warriors.

The Marine Corps, according to its mandate, "must be the most ready when the nation is generally least ready."

These awesome photos show the Marines in action.

Gunnery Sgt. Robert Brooks, drum major for the 1st Marine Division Band, awaits the start of the annual Seafair Festival Torchlight Parade in Seattle Center, Seattle, Wash. on Saturday, July 29, 2017.

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U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Travis Gershaneck

Marines with 3rd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division fire an M777 Howitzer at known targets during training on August 9, 2018 at Mount Bundey Training Area in Australia.

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U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Wetzel

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Marines conduct surf passage training during a Radio Reconnaissance Operator Course at Marine Corps Training Area Bellows, Marine Corps Base Hawaii on May 2, 2019.

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U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Luke Kuennen

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A US Marine with Marine Rotational Force-Europe 18.1 shoots the Swedish Carl Gustaf M4 anti-tank recoilless rifle during Exercise Archipelago Endeavor with Swedish Marines of 1st Marine Regiment on the island of Uto, Harsfjarden, Sweden on Sept. 5, 2018.

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U.S. Marines Corps photo by Sgt. Victor A. Mancilla

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Hospital Corpsman Jacob Adam drinks cobra blood at jungle survival training during Exercise Cobra Gold 2018 at Camp Ban Chan Khrem in the Kingdom of Thailand on Feb. 17, 2018.

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U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Ricky Gomez

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Marines with Black Sea Rotational Force 18.1 fire an 81mm mortar system during Exercise Platinum Eagle 18 at Babadag Training Area in Romania on Sept. 5, 2018.

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U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Angel D. Travis

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US Marine firefighters and Royal Thai firefighters work together to put out a simulated aircraft fire during Exercise Cobra Gold 2018.

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United States Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Micaiah Anthony

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Staff Sgt. Oohio, a Military Working Dog with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, stands guard at the unit command post at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan on Feb. 27, 2019.

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U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. T. T. Parish

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Staff Sgt. Nathaniel McDonald, the motor transport operations chief with Combat Logistics Battalion 3, prepares to spar during the Marine Corps Martial Arts Instructors Courses culmination at Marine Corps Base Hawaii on September 27, 2018.

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U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Matthew Kirk

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Cpl. Daniel Hopping, Assaultman, Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, and a native of Rogers, Arkansas, shields himself from dust being kicked up from a CH-53E Super Sea Stallion lifting off during a mission in Helmand province, Afghanistan on April 28, 2014.

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U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Joseph Scanlan

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A Marine scout sniper candidate with Scout Sniper Platoon, Weapons Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment looks through the scope of his rifle during a stalking exercise in the vicinity of SR-10 aboard Camp Lejeune, North Carolina., April 22, 2015.

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U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Austin Long

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Marines with Maritime Raid Force, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit swim under water during dive training in Aqaba, Jordan on July 8, 2018.

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U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jon Sosner

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Pfc. Vincent Fiore with Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment fires a Light Anti-Armor Weapon (LAW) during Exercise Bougainville II at the Pohakuloa Training Area on the Island of Hawaii on Oct. 20, 2018.

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U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Ricky Gomez

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Marines from 1st Marine Division hike through a simulated chemical attack at Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, California on January 12, 2019.

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U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Rhita Daniel

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Combat Engineers with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit practice breaching techniques during a live fire demolition range at Theater Amphibious Combat Rehearsal (TACR) 18.

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U.S. Marine Corps photos by Cpl. Danny Gonzalez

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Three MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, fly west above the Pacific Ocean during scheduled flight operations after departing USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) on Sept. 26, 2016.

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U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. T. T. Parish

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Marines with SPMAGTF-SC weld a fence to provide security while rebuilding a school in Flores, Guatemala on Aug. 6, 2018.

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U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Justin M. Smith

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Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron 171 conduct an urban breach during exercise Eagle Wrath 19 at Combined Arms Training Center, Combined Arms Training Center, Camp Fuji in August 2019.

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1st Marine Aircraft Wing video by Cpl. Seth Rosenberg

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Rct. Maria Daume, Platoon 4001, drags a simulated casualty on a combat training course during the Crucible at Parris Island, South Carolina on Jan. 5, 2017.

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U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Greg Thomas

Marines with Bravo Company, 4th Tanks Battalion fire a M1A1 Abrams tank during a low-light live-fire exercise as part of Exercise Arrow 18 in Pohjankangas Training Area near Kankaanpaa, Finland on May 16, 2018.

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U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Marcin Platek

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