Deck Landing Qualifications Onboard the USS Essex
10/30/2017: U.S. Marine Corps pilots assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, fly CH-53E Super Stallions and MV-22B Ospreys while participating in deck landing qualifications aboard the USS Essex (LHD-2) during Exercise Dawn Blitz, Oct. 21, 2017.
Dawn Blitz is a scenario-driven amphibious exercise conducted between Expeditionary Strike Group 3 and 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade, testing their ability to conduct amphibious operations in response to global crises and to project power ashore as part of a Navy-Marine Corps team.
The CH-53E Super Stallions are assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 361 and the MV-22B Ospreys are assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 166.
OFF THE COAST OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, CA, UNITED STATES
Video by Lance Cpl. Roderick Jacquote
1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade