Dawn Blitz


Amphibious assault vehicles transporting Marines from the 1st Battalion, 7th Marines land at Red Beach at Camp Pendleton as helicopters from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 465 fly overhead during exercise Dawn Blitz. The exercise is a series of amphibious operations involving Sailors and Marines to reinvigorate the core competency of amphibious operations and enhance interaction between the Navy and the Marine Corps.

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Credit: USN Visual Service


  • The second photo shows U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter landsing behind a CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard during Operation Dawn Blitz.
  • The third photo shows a Sailor guiding a medium tactical vehicle replacement as it exits a landing craft air cushion during Operation Dawn Blitz at Red Beach on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.