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SAN FRANCISCO (Oct. 2, 2017) Sailors attached to Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) and Assault Craft Unit 1 work together to dock Landing Craft Utility 1635 to the stern gate during Fleet Week San Francisco 2017. Fleet week provides an opportunity for the American public to meet their Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard team and to experience Americaâs sea service. Fleet Week San Francisco will highlight naval personnel, equipment, technology, and capabilities, with an emphasis on humanitarian assistance and disaster response. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric Chan)
U.S. Navy and Marine Corps to conduct amphibious exercise

SAN DIEGO – Forces from Expeditionary Strike Group 3 and 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade will participate in amphibious exercise Dawn Blitz 2017 off the coast of Southern California October 20-30.

Dawn Blitz 2017 is a scenario-driven exercise designed to train the Navy and Marine Corps in operations expected of an amphibious task force. The exercise will test staffs in the planning and execution of amphibious operations in a series of live training events.

Units from U.S. 3rd Fleet and I Marine Expeditionary Force will utilize the latest technologies in the live exercises to accomplish Dawn Blitz 2017 training objectives. The exercise will involve an amphibious assault, mine operations, live-fire opportunities, and the establishment of expeditionary advanced bases. Unique to this exercise is the integration of the F-35 and the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System to conduct a sea-based strike.

Exercises like Dawn Blitz 2017 provide realistic, relevant training necessary for effective global crisis response expected of the Navy and Marine Corps. When directed, 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade deploys and is employed as a Marine Air-Ground Task Force in support of Combatant Commander requirements for contingency response or major theater war.

U.S. 3rd Fleet leads naval forces in the Pacific and provides the realistic, relevant training necessary for an effective global Navy. 3rd Fleet constantly coordinates with U.S. 7th Fleet to plan and execute missions based on their complementary strengths to promote ongoing peace, security, and stability throughout the entire Pacific theater of operations.

Media interested in covering the exercise should contact I MEF Public Affairs at (760) 763-7047 or imefpublicaffairs@usmc.mil. A media day at sea aboard USS Essex is scheduled for Oct. 23, and a media day on Camp Pendleton to view the amphibious assault portion of the exercise is scheduled for Oct. 27.

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