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    Largest Marine Aircraft Wing kicks off exercise with long-range strike

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    Photo By Lance Cpl. Alondra OrtizMontejano | Summer Fury is an exercise conducted by 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing in order to further...... read more read more



    Story by 1st Lt. Charles Allen 

    3rd Marine Aircraft Wing

    MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. – (July 7, 2021) Marines with 3rd Marine
    Aircraft Wing begin Exercise Summer Fury 21 with a long-range maritime strike off the coast of
    Washington. Summer Fury is the largest Marine aviation exercise on the West Coast, and provides 3rd
    MAW opportunity to improve warfighter readiness in support of a Marine Expeditionary Force maritime

    From July 7 to July 9, 3rd MAW will execute a long-range maritime strike against a simulated enemy
    naval surface combatant. With the support of the Port of Moses Lake, 3rd MAW will demonstrate its
    capability to conduct fixed-wing strike operations with F/A-18C Hornets and F-35B Lighting IIs against
    adversarial naval combatants in a distributed, maritime environment.

    “The Summer Fury long-range strike is an opportunity for 3rd MAW to execute a maritime strike against
    an enemy surface combatant while being supported by an aerial-delivered forward arming and refueling
    point,” said Lt. Col. Duncan A. French, 3rd MAW lead operations planner. “The concepts and tasks
    inherent in this mission are critical to the success of a fight against a peer adversary.”

    3rd MAW, with a combination of organic aircraft and joint enablers, will conduct Summer Fury from
    Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Kirtland Air Force Base, and
    surrounding key locations along the western United States.

    This exercise will showcase the aviation combat power of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing and all its
    functions,” said Maj. Gen. Christopher J. Mahoney, 3rd MAW commanding general. “You will see
    expeditionary naval combat power across a wide range of terrain and combat scenarios. From
    sophisticated communications systems to expeditionary basing to the decisive power of 5th generation
    platforms, our leading edge tactics and capabilities are honed to a fine edge. Make no mistake about it,
    3rd MAW is ready to fight and win- whenever and wherever that fight takes us.”

    Summer Fury 21 will continue until July 30, during which 3rd MAW squadrons will execute additional
    missions, including support of advanced naval bases and anti-air warfare, culminating in a missile shoot,
    all while maintaining a variety of distributed command and control centers.

    3rd MAW continues to “Fix, Fly and Fight” as the Marine Corps’ largest aircraft wing, and remains
    combat-ready, deployable on short notice, and lethal when called into action.

    For questions regarding this release, please contact the 3rd MAW Communication Strategy and
    Operations Office at

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    Date Taken: 07.08.2021
    Date Posted: 07.08.2021 14:34
    Story ID: 400554
    Location: MCAS MIRAMAR, CA, US
    Hometown: MIRAMAR, CA, US

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