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

10.21.2017

Video by Lance Cpl. Roderick Jacquote

1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade

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