Dawn Blitz brings realistic, relevant training to Navy-Marine Corps team

Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 3 and 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade (MEB) kicked off amphibious exercise Dawn Blitz 2017, Oct. 20. Dawn Blitz 2017 is a scenario-driven amphibious exercise designed to train and integrate the staffs of ESG-3 and 1st MEB. It provides realistic, relevant training necessary for effective global crisis response expected of the Navy and Marine Corps team. The exercise takes place at sea off the coast of Southern California and will involve participation from ships homeported at Naval Base San Diego including the amphibious assault ship USS Essex…

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USS Anchorage Conducts HIMARS Shoot During Dawn Blitz 17

The High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) was fired from the flight deck of the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) during Dawn Blitz 2017, Oct. 22.  The HIMARS is a weapons system made up of the M142, five-ton chassis vehicle and can carry either a launcher pod of six rockets or one MGM-140 Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS). It enables Marines to engage targets within minutes after firing and features an advanced targeting system that strikes with an extremely high accuracy rate. The system also…

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U.S. Navy and Marine Corps to conduct Dawn Blitz amphibious exercise

Forces from Expeditionary Strike Group 3 and 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade will participate in amphibious exercise Dawn Blitz 2017 off the coast of Southern California, Oct. 20-30. Dawn Blitz 2017 is a scenario-driven exercise designed to train the Navy and Marine Corps in operations expected of an amphibious task force. The exercise will test staffs in the planning and execution of amphibious operations in a series of live training events. Units from U.S. 3rd Fleet and I Marine Expeditionary Force will utilize the latest technologies in the live exercises to…

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