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U.S. Marines simulate tactical airfield seizure

U.S. Marines with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit conduct rapid airfield seizure exercise from ships of the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group to Ie Shima Training Facility in order to set conditions to establish a forward arming and refueling point (FARP), according to a recent service news release.

The 31st MEU and Amphibious Squadron 11, aboard Wasp Amphibious Ready Group ships, conducted a series of sequential operations which simulated naval expeditionary combined-arms maneuver from amphibious assets to shore, utilizing Marine Air-Ground Task Force capabilities integrated across all warfighting domains.

Prior to seizing the airfield at Ie Shima Training Facility, Reconnaissance Marines with the 31st MEU’s Amphibious Reconnaissance Platoon conducted a high altitude low opening parachute jump onto the island to conduct reconnaissance and surveillance of the area. After the reconnaissance team finished surveilling the airfield, Marines with Echo Company, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion,1st Marines, vertically inserted via MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft from the USS Wasp (LHD 1) more than 250 miles away, rapidly seizing the objective in just over one hour.

After perimeter security was set at the airfield, a CH-53E Super Stallion air-delivered three crates with the Helicopter Expeditionary Refueling System equipment necessary to establish a FARP. Next, Marines from I Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), and Echo Company moved the gear from the drop zone and began FARP set-up. From delivery to completion, the FARP, which consisted of 5,500 lbs. of fuel delivered by a CH-53E, was set up in four and a half hours.

With the airfield seized and the FARP established, the MEU demonstrated a long-range CASEVAC via KC-130. The airfield seizure involved the 31st MEU subordinate units VMM-265 (REIN) and Echo Company from the Battalion Landing Team, and U.S. Air Force 353rd Special Operations Group (SOG) medical technicians. While coordinating with the FARP officer-in-charge 1st …read more

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