Japan, US, Mexico, NZ strengthen amphibious landing, air operation interoperatbility

Ground, sea and air forces from United States, Japan, Mexico and New Zealand strengthen amphibious and air interoperability during exercise Dawn Blitz 2015 (DB-15) conducted August 31 to September 9 off the coast and ashore at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton and at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Training Center 29 Palms, California. 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.

“During Dawn Blitz, I saw our partnerships strengthen through rigorous planning, preparation and execution of the numerous amphibious landing scenarios we conducted,” Expeditionary Strike Group Three Rear Admiral Daniel H. Fillion said as posted in US Navy’s Navy Live.

“From sea and land, the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps operated closely with Japan, Mexico and New Zealand to execute amphibious beach landings and tactical air operations,” Rear Admiral Fillion added. “Our partners have proven themselves as capable Mariners and Soldiers, and through superb coordination, we were able to demonstrate how our nations can work together to accomplish a common goal.”

Vessels 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).

“The world that we live in today is unpredictable. 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,” Rear Admiral Fillion said.