Exercise Deepwater 2020: Aerial Assault Support


U.S. Marines with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron and Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 366 participate in exercise Deep Water 2020 at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, July 29, 2020.

The purpose of this exercise is to increase 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing’s interoperability and readiness on a scale that simulates a peer-level threat. (U.S. Marine Corps Video by Lance Cpl. Gavin T. Umboh)


Video by Lance Cpl. Gavin Umboh

2nd Marine Aircraft Wing

This was the announcement of the exercise:

Marines with 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, and 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing are conducting Exercise Deep Water at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, US. Army Fort A.P. Hill, VA, and Piney Island and Atlantic Field, N.C., 29 July 2020.

II MEF conducts these training events on an annual basis; this year, Exercise Deep Water will see two battalions from the 2nd Marine Regiment conduct an air assault in order to command and control many of the various capabilities organic to II MEF.

Exercise Deep Water 20 is a great opportunity for 2nd Marine Regiment to work with multiple Marine Aircraft Groups, and Combat Logistics Battalion 8, as well. A third battalion will act as the opposing force that will resist and react to the air assault.

This added realism provides a unique “force on force” training opportunity.