Marine Corps, Navy improve crisis response capabilities with Pacific Blitz exercise

March 20, 2019 – Forces from I Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF) and U.S. 3rd Fleet are conducting exercise Pacific Blitz 2019 in and off the coast of Southern California through March 26.

Pacific Blitz, which kicked off March 12, is a scenario-driven field-training exercise designed to train and integrate with the staffs of I MEF and 3rd Fleet.

“When you consider today’s threats, it is all about maintaining a ready force that can move rapidly into congested domains,” said Lt. Gen. Joseph L. Osterman, commanding general, I MEF. “The future fight is going to require us to leverage a Marine land component as part of our larger goal of sea control. We must train to make time sensitive decisions in the face of uncertainty.”

The exercise is demonstrating the unparalleled U.S. Navy-Marine Corps integration that achieves maritime superiority through the use of sea connectors and combined-arms.

Exercises like Pacific Blitz 2019 provide realistic, relevant training necessary for effective global crisis response and provides reassurance to U.S. regional partners and allies of enduring commitment to regional stability.

“The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps are a team, and joint training like Pacific Blitz allow our team to improve our capability to conduct amphibious operations,” said Vice Adm. John D. Alexander, commander, 3rd Fleet. “In the current maritime environment here in the Pacific, joint partnerships and power projection are key to maintaining free and open sea lanes.”

I MEF provides the Marine Corps a globally responsive, expeditionary and fully scalable Marine Air-Ground Task Force, capable of generating, deploying and employing ready forces and formations for crisis response, forward presence, major combat operations and campaigns. I MEF is comprised of more than 50,000 Marines and Sailors who make I MEF one of the most lethal expeditionary forces in the world.

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

PACIFIC OCEAN (March 11, 2019) Landing Craft, Utility (LCU) 1629, assigned to Beachmaster Unit (BMU) 1, docks with the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset (LPD 25) during Pacific Blitz 2019. Pacific Blitz 2019 is an opportunity for U.S. Forces to increase maritime readiness to be prepared for real-world crisis situations. Pacific Blitz 2019 provides realistic, relevant training necessary for effective global crisis response expected of the Navy and Marine Corps. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Heath Zeigler/Released)