The naval, air, and ground forces of the US, Japan, Mexico, and New Zealand are set to participate in Exercise Dawn Blitz 2015 (DB15) off the coast and ashore in Southern California.
Scheduled to take place from 31 August to 9 September, DB15 aims to train the US Navy and Marine Corps in operations expected of an amphibious task force.
In addition, the exercise is designed to strengthen the operational capabilities and interoperability among the US and partner nations.
During the drill, personnel from the US Third Fleet (C3F) and I Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF) leverage latest technologies and conduct live exercise techniques in order to achieve the objectives set for the training.
The exercise will see the US forces performing the planning and execution of amphibious operations in a series of training sessions both at sea and ashore.
In addition, the US and partner nations will perform live-fire training, Maritime Prepositioning Force (MPF) training, sea-basing operations, and tactical amphibious operations from ship to shore.
As part of the exercise, forces from Australia, Colombia, and Chile will join with the US forces to cooperate on the latest operational strategies and to develop a shared understanding on coalition sea-basing and amphibious operations ashore.
DB15 represents a series of amphibious training events that take place alternating years on both coasts of the US.
In 2014, Bold Alligator witnessed the US and coalition forces conducting amphibious operations at sea and ashore as well as training in support of contingency operations.