The US Marine Corps’ (USMC) combat logistics regiment 25 (CLR-25) is set to participate in the Maritime Preposition Forces Exercise at USMC Support Facility Blount Island in Jacksonville, Florida, US.
Scheduled to start on 10 August, the exercise is said to be one of the largest ship-to-land offloading exercises since Operation Desert Storm.
Combat Logistics Regiment 25 future operations officer 1st Lieutenant Philip Blais said: "We are doing this exercise to get back to our Marine amphibious roots.
"Marines are about readiness. We plan to execute our mission with speed and precision as if it were the real deal."
Expected to conclude on 21 August, the operation will see the unit unloading equipment and supplies in support of a Marine expeditionary unit (MEU).
In addition, the marines will transport the equipment to a forward operating position, simulating a real-world scenario, the USMC stated.
The exercise will be attended by a total of 364 marines and sailors with CLR-25.
USMC said the unit has been planning the operation since February and expects that it will support unit readiness and build unit cohesion.
CLR-25 engineer equipment operator private 1st class Matthew Weber said: "I’ll be expected to keep track of gear movement. It should be a good learning experience."
"We are down there to improve what we can do, this is our job and I know that our Marines are confident and ready to perform."
Led by the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade and Expeditionary Strike Group Two, the exercise is one part of Bold Alligator 2014, the year’s largest amphibious exercise on the East Coast.
Image: A marine with Combat Logistics Regiment 25 drives a rough terrain container handler onto an improved Navy lighterage system. Photo: courtesy of Marine Corps by Cpl. Austin Long.