News: Multinational Forces to conduct amphibious landing during Exercise Dawn Blitz
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Marines and sailors along with forces from Canada, New Zealand and Japan will conduct a culminating event during multinational amphibious exercise Dawn Blitz, Monday, June 24.
Marines and sailors from 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion, and Naval Beach Group 1 will conduct amphibious landings including live forces, Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAV), U.S. Landing Craft Air Cushions (LCACs), and Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force LCACs, testing their combined abilities to conduct operations ashore.
5,000 total forces are participating in Dawn Blitz 2013, enhancing the Navy, Marine Corps and coalition forces amphibious and expeditionary tactics, techniques and procedures. This exercise represents the Navy and Marine Corps’ ongoing efforts to meet the challenges of future conflicts, crisis response, overseas contingency operations, humanitarian assistance and disaster response, and homeland defense.
A press conference will be held at 8 a.m., speakers include: Brig. Gen. John J. Broadmeadow, commanding general, 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Rear Adm. John E. Jolliffe, deputy commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet, Lt. Gen. Peter Devlin, Canadian Army, Air Vice-Marshal Kevin Short, commander, joint forces New Zealand. Japanese Self Defense Force representatives will be available for comments.
Watch the landings and press conference live on the web: http://www.dvidshub.net/webcast/3099
Interested media must RSVP with the 1ST MEB Public Affairs Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (760) 763-7047. Media should arrive at the Camp Pendleton Las Pulgas Gate no later than 6:30 a.m., June 24. The exercise begins at 7 a.m. Contact 1st Lt. Garth Langley at email@example.com, or (650) 787-5972.
All photos/videos/new stories may be downloaded here: www.dvidshub.net/feature/DawnBlitz
Directions to Las Pulgas gate:
From the I-5, take the Las Pulgas exit, head towards the beach, a Marine will be waiting at the yellow gate to check-in media.