11/22/2015: Interviews of soldiers from partner nations training together during UNITAS Amphibious 2015 at Ilha do Governador, Brazil, Nov. 16, 2015.
Marines from Marine Forces Reserve joined partner nations during the start of UNITAS Amphib to integrate seamlessly and train on various skills including Amphibious Assault Vehicle familiarization, breaching rooms as a team, helicopter embarking and disembarking and participation in rifle ranges.
Credit:U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South:11/17/15
The Marine Corps set a new distance record for Osprey flights on Tuesday as three MV-22Bs traveled from California to Brazil.
Flight crews from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 764 flew 6,165 miles from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar to Rio de Janeiro. The Marines made the journey as part of UNITAS Amphibious 2015, a nine-day multinational maritime exercise that runs through Nov. 24. About 1,000 troops from Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Paraguay and Peru are participating.
The Osprey squadron made a five-leg flight that included stops in Trinidad and Tobago, and Brazil, said 1st Lt. Tyler Hopkins, a UNITAS spokesman. The three Ospreys were supported by three KC-130J Hercules tankers from Marine Aerial Refueler Squadron 234 and one KC-130 from Marine Aerial Refueler Squadron 452.