06/05/2013: Exercise Dawn Blitz 2013 II.
The Japanese and Australians among others understand that the future of their Armies is shaping more expeditionary capabilities and to operate as a maneuver force.
They will operate not as a “raiding force,” but a maneuver force from the sea and supported from the air.
The current Dawn Blitz exercise is clearly highlighting this trend as did the recently completed Bold Alligator 2013 exercise.
Credit:11th Marine Expeditionary Unit:5/31/13
Camp Pendleton Calif. — Memebers of the Japanese Self Defense Force offload personnel and behicles from the Japanese ship Huyga here May 31.
Dawn Blitz 2013 is a multinational amphibious exercise designated to test Navy and Marine Corps forces at the Marine Expeditionary Brigade (MEB) and Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) level, while promoting military-military cooperation and interoperability with partnered nations.
Participating countries include Canada, Japan, New Zealand and military observers from seven countries.