SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet (C3F) hosted senior leadership and staff officers from I Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF), Expeditionary Strike Group 3 (ESG 3) and 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade (I MEB) for 3-star staff talks, Oct. 28.
Vice Adm. Kenneth E. Floyd, 3rd Fleet commander, invited I MEF Commanding General, Lt. Gen. David Berger, 1st MEB Brig. Gen. Joaquin F. Malavet, and ESG-3 Commander, Rear Adm. Frank L. Ponds to C3F headquarters to discuss long- and short-term objectives and future exercises within the 3rd Fleet and I MEF areas of responsibility.
"Three-star staff talks between C3F and I MEF leaders and their staffs are critical to the success of our blue/green team," said Col. Brent Willson, C3F fleet Marine officer. "These talks serve to mature topics of mutual interest and tackle challenges together as we build fully trained and highly-adaptable forces that are ready for all endeavors."
Topics discussed in the meeting ranged from Marine Corps participation in exercises like Dawn Blitz and Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) and more opportunities for amphibious training.
"These talks will become more frequent because we will be working with the Marines a lot more," said Capt. Patrick E. Keyes, U.S. 3rd Fleet, assistant chief of staff for plans, policy, training and readiness. "The Marines are coming out of Afghanistan and will be focused more on maritime operations than they have in the last 15 years; this falls on us to make sure the integrated training reflects their new focus."
The staff talks were held shortly following completion of ESG 3- and 1st MEB-led exercise Pacific Horizon 2015 (PH15). PH 15 was a scenario-driven Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HA/DR) exercise designed to train the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps in Maritime Prepositioning Force (MPF) operations.
Joint, interagency and international relationships strengthen U.S. 3rd Fleet's ability to respond to crisis and protect the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners.
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