Dawn Blitz 2015


09/21/2015: Naval, aviation and ground forces from the United States, Japan, Mexico and New Zealand participated in Exercise Dawn Blitz 2015 off the coast and ashore in Southern California from August 31 to September 9.

Dawn Blitz 2015 (DB15) is a multinational amphibious exercise designed to train the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps in operations expected of an amphibious task force while also building U.S. and partner nation operational capabilities and interoperability. DB15 will also test military forces in the planning and execution of amphibious operations in a series of live training events at sea and ashore.

Units from U.S. Third Fleet (C3F) and I Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF) utilized the latest technologies and live exercise techniques to accomplish Dawn Blitz 2015 training objectives.

DB15 involvec the compositing of 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade (1st MEB) and the U.S. Navy’s Expeditionary Strike Group 3 (ESG 3) as a brigade-level task force. U.S. and partner nations will conduct live-fire training at sea and ashore, Maritime Prepositioning Force (MPF) training, sea-basing operations and tactical amphibious operations from ship to shore.

Australia, Colombia and Chile also integrated military personnel within the U.S. military staff to collaborate on the latest operational strategies and build a shared understanding of how to conduct coalition sea-basing and amphibious operations ashore.

This exercise is one of a series of amphibious training events on both coasts of the U.S. that take place alternating years. Last year on the East Coast, Bold Alligator 2014 exercised U.S. and coalition forces across a broad range of sea-based vessels while conducting amphibious operations at sea and ashore as well as training in support of contingency operations.

Exercises like Dawn Blitz 2015 provide realistic, relevant training necessary for effective global crisis response expected of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.


 Day one of Dawn Blitz Exercise Activities aboard USS Boxer. 

Credit:Defense Media Activity – Navy:8/3/15