Exercise Deepwater 2020


Marines with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 366 preform assault support for the Marines with 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment during Exercise Deep Water 2020 at Marine Corps Air Station, New River, North Carolina, July, 29, 2020.

The purpose of the exercise is to increase 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing’s interoperability and readiness on a scale that simulates peer-level threats.

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Corporal Chelsi Woodman)


Video by Lance Cpl. Chelsi Woodman

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.