Pacific Horizon 2011

03/10/2011 –

Video & Text Credits: I Marine Expeditionary Force, 3/5/11


Marines from 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines and 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion ride Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAVs) on Camp Pendleton’s Red Beach in support of Pacific Horizon 11, a maritime prepositioning force exercise.

Marines from 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines and 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion ride Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAVs) on Camp Pendleton’s Red Beach in support of Pacific Horizon 11, a maritime prepositioning force exercise.Pacific Horizon is a combined exercise between the First Marine Expeditionary Brigade and the Navy’s Expeditionary Strike Group-3. The exercise is part of an annual training plan that prepares Navy and Marine Corps forces to conduct selective offload and at-sea transfer of personnel and equipment from sea lift platforms to amphibious ships, or directly to air and surface craft capable of ship-to-shore delivery.

The U.S. keeps maritime prepositioning squadrons forward-postured where they can quickly close on littoral areas of vital national interest in the event of crisis. Merging the weight and volume advantages of sea lift with the speed of air lift, maritime prepositioning enables sailors and Marines to link up with assets at sea to respond with speed and effectiveness in support of our nation’s strategic interests.

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