By Hugo Gye
- Obama mocked Romney's complaint about size of Navy fleet by comparing ship numbers to 'horses and bayonets'
- But bayonets are still standard issue for Marines and used by some soldiers
- First U.S. troops in Afghanistan entered on horseback in 2001
PUBLISHED:13:34, 23 October 2012| UPDATED:15:15, 23 October 2012
The barb, which rapidly became popular on social networks, was intended to paint the Republican challenger as inexperienced and out of touch with the realities of modern military conduct.
But the President's mocking comment threw the spotlight on the fighting techniques - because both bayonets and horses have remained important parts of the U.S. military right up to the present day.
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