The US Navy's Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) are participating in a biennial exercise in and around Pohang, Republic of Korea (ROK), to display their ability to conduct amphibious landing operations.
The exercise, Ssang Yong 16 (SY16), is hosted by the Republic of Korea and would strengthen interoperability and working relationships with partner nations.
The navy and marine corps personnel from ROK, the US, Australia, and New Zealand will conduct a simulated amphibious assault along beaches in the vicinity of Pohang.
ROK Marines, ROK Navy, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade (3D MEB) and Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 7 will penetrate notional enemy beach defences, establish a beach head, and rapidly transition forces and sustainment ashore.
Nearly 9,200 Marines, 3,100 US Navy sailors, 4,500 ROK Marine Corps (ROKMC), and 3,000 ROK Navy (ROKN) members will participate in SY16.
Approximately 100 Australian Army soldiers and 60 Royal New Zealand Army members will also participate in the exercise.
SY16 will demonstrate the capabilities, effectiveness, speed, and flexibility of expeditionary amphibious operations and the partnership between the US and the ROK.
Amphibious Squadron 1 commander Captain Keith Moore said: "Boxer is one of the main batteries for this exercise.
"It will provide the full capacity of our Air Combat Element, our battalion landing team, and the logistics element. The ships will provide landing craft and amphibious assault vehicles to hit the beach and execute the missions we've trained for during work-ups."
The exercise of Marine Expeditionary Brigade level forcible entry operations will combine elements of the Boxer ARG, Bonhomme Richard ARG, 13th MEU, 31st MEU and the Maritime Prepositioning Forces (MPF) with ROK Navy and ROK Marine Corps Marine Task Force.
Image: US ships from the Boxer and Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Groups are underway with the Dokdo Amphibious Ready Group from the Republic of Korea. Photo: courtesy of Cpl Darien J Bjorndal/ Released.