Japan’s Ships Arrive at Port for Dawn Blitz


06/05/2013: Japanese Naval ships arriving at Naval Base San Diego for Dawn Blitz 2013 with Japanese Army soldiers on board to work on amphibious operations.

The USN-USMC team are shaping a new approach to landpower for the 21st century.

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:1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade:5/31/13

Dawn Blitz 2013 is a scenario-driven exercise designed to test Navy and Marine Corps forces at the Marine Expeditionary Brigade (MEB) and Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) level, while promoting military-to-military cooperation and interoperability with partnered nations.

 Participating countries include Canada, Japan, New Zealand and military observers from seven countries. Also available in high definition