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Multi-National Exercise Solidifies Partnerships and
Amphibious Readiness

Dawn Blitz 2015

Naval, ground and aviation forces from the United States, Japan, Mexico and New Zealand departed Naval Base San Diego Aug. 31, to participate in exercise Dawn Blitz 2015 (DB-15) off the coast and ashore at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton and at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Training Center 29 Palms, California, through Sept. 9.

DB-15 is a scenario-driven biennial exercise that develops U.S. and coalition operational interoperability, and is designed to train the participants in operations expected of an amphibious task force.

The exercise tested staffs in the planning and execution of amphibious operations in a series of live training events at sea, in the air and ashore.

“The world that we live in today is unpredictable,” said Rear Adm. Daniel H. Fillion, commander, Expeditionary Strike Group Three. “That is why multi-lateral exercises like Dawn Blitz are crucial in order to train for a diverse range of mission sets, including humanitarian relief and crisis response.”

Units from U.S. Third Fleet and I Marine Expeditionary Force utilized the latest technologies and live exercises to accomplish DB-15 training objectives. The exercise involved an amphibious landing, live-fire opportunities, and Maritime Prepositioning Force (MPF) training and sea-basing operations.

DB-15 promoted interoperability and cooperation between joint, coalition, and U.S. Forces, by providing the opportunity to exchange knowledge and learn from each other, establish personal and professional relationships and hone individual and small-unit skills through challenging, complex and realistic live scenarios with special focus on building combat power ashore.

“It has been amazing here this morning and for the past two weeks,” said Lt. Gen. David H. Berger, commanding general, I Marine Expeditionary Force. “It was great being able to see our Marines and sailors work alongside coalition partners that we train with regularly, broadening our perspective and learning what it takes to be an expeditionary Naval force in readiness.”

The exercise is one of a series of amphibious training events on both coasts of the U.S. Exercises like DB-15 provide realistic, relevant training necessary for effective global crisis response expected of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.

“As we train today at sea and ashore, make no mistake, our men and women in uniform are motivated and eager to become the best warfighters they can be to support and defend this great Nation,” said Berger.

Ships that participated in DB-15 include USS Boxer (LHD 4), USS New Orleans (LPD 18), USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49), USS Somerset (LPD 25), SS Curtis (T-AVB 4), USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110), and USS Shoup (DDG 86); Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships JS Hyuga (DDH 181), JS Kunisaki (LST 4003), and JS Ashigara (DDG 178); and Mexican Navy Ships ARM Usumacinta (A 412) and ARM Revolucion (P 164). Surface Warfare Magazine


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