ESG 3 and 1st MEB Strengthen Interoperability as Initial Phase of Dawn Blitz 2013 Ends

Story Number: NNS130201-27Release Date: 2/1/2013 8:17:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Donald Walton, Expeditionary Strike Group Three Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Expeditionary Strike Group Three (ESG 3) and 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade (1st MEB) successfully wrapped up the initial phase of Dawn Blitz 2013 (DB 13), aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4), Jan. 31.

DB 13 is an exercise with the purpose of practicing Navy/Marine Corps expeditionary amphibious tactics, techniques and procedures, and conducting combined operations from the sea. It also represents Navy and Marine Corps efforts to meet the challenges of future warfare conflicts, overseas contingency operations, humanitarian assistance/disaster response and homeland defense.

"Dawn Blitz 2013 offered us a unique opportunity to increase our proficiency in amphibious operations as a Navy/Marine Corps team at a level beyond where our routinely deployed forces operate," said Expeditionary Strike Group Three Deputy Commander Col. Michael Flynn. "This training allows us to meet today's and future challenges in the amphibious theaters head on."

DB13 helps prepare Navy and Marine Corps staffs to perform essential amphibious operation tasks in a realistic environment at sea and on land. It tests the ability of the ESG/MEB team to sufficiently shape the anti-access/area denial environment. The culminating phase of DB 13 is scheduled for summer 2013.

"Dawn Blitz was a great opportunity," said Flynn. "This allows for us to be well prepared for the live portion, I anticipate great success for the ESG/MEB team."

The Navy and Marine Corps enjoy a close working relationship, based on both past tradition, present requirements and future necessity to project power ashore. DB13 is part of an annual training plan that prepares Navy and Marine Corps forces to conduct selective offload and at-sea transfer of personnel and equipment from sealift platforms to amphibious ships, or directly to air and surface craft capable of ship-to-shore delivery.

Third Fleet leads naval forces in the Eastern Pacific from the West Coast of North America to the international date line and is responsible for providing realistic, relevant training necessary for an effective global Navy.

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