Firing HIMARS at Sea: A Case Study in the Evolution of the MAGTF

10/25/2017: U.S. Marines with Battery R, 5th Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division launch a rocket from a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) off the USS Anchorage (LPD-23) during Exercise Dawn Blitz, Oct. 22, 2017. Dawn Blitz 17 allows the amphibious force to integrate the F-35B Lightning II and…

LCAC Recovery

06/14/2014: Marines with Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines (BLT 2/1), 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, unload a landing craft air cushion (LCAC) aboard the USS Makin Island during Amphibious Squadron Marine Expeditionary Unit Integration Training (PMINT) off the coast of San Diego, Calif., April 9, 2014.  PMINT is a…

USS Makin Island Amphibious Squadron Marine Expeditionary Unit Integration Training

06/03/2014:The photos in this slideshow highlight Amphibious Squadron Marine Expeditionary Unit Integration Training (PMINT) off the coast of San Diego, Calif., April 9, 2014.  PMINT is a two-week predeployment training event focused on the combined capabilities of the MEU and Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), conducting amphibious operations, crisis response and…

USS Bataan Conducts Replenishment at Sea

01/04/2013: U.S. Marines with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and U.S. Navy Sailors with the USS Bataan (LHD 5) support a replenishment at sea off the East Coast Nov. 6, 2013. At the time of the video, the 22nd MEU was taking part in the Amphibious Ready Group (ARG)/MEU…

Tanking an Amphibious Ready Group at Sea

12/29/2013: In this slideshow the USS Bataan ARG is provided with fuel at sea. The Military Sealift Command provides fuel to USN ships at sea, but needs to modernize its tankers as the bulk of these tankers are single hull and need to be double-hauled for safety reasons and because of…

USS Peleliu (LHA 5) and Weapons Operation

08/31/2012: USS Peleliu test fires close in weapons systems from forward mount while underway in the Pacific Ocean, July 29, 2012.For an SLD special report on the Amphibious Ready Group please go to the following link: Credit:USS Peleliu (LHA 5):7/29/12

Changing the Mindset: “The ESG-MEB is Not an ARG-MEU on Steroids!”

Second Line of Defense had a chance to sit down with one of the two Harrier squadron commanders aboard the USS Kearsarge during the Bold Alligator 2012 exercise. Earlier, we discussed with Lt. Col. Hermley, Commanding Officer, Marine Attack Squadron 231, MCAS, Cherry Point, and the approach to be followed…

Amphibs on Deployment

10/24/2011: Amphibs on Deployment [slidepress gallery='amphibs-on-deployment'] Credit: USN Visual Service:Various dates in September 2011 In the first two photos, Amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) gets underway off the coast of Naval Air Station, North Island, Calif. In the third picture Petty Officer 3rd Class Larry Ildefonso (right)…