1st Marine Division tests capabilities with amphibious landing (Steel Knight 2014)

3 Dec 2013 | Courtesy Story 1st Marine Division

On Dec. 10, 1st Marine Division will conduct a large-scale amphibious landing featuring amphibious assault vehicles, light armored vehicles and U.S. Navy landing craft, air cushion as part of Exercise Steel Knight 2014.

Media are invited to attend the morning event. Key leaders and subject matter experts will be available for interview, including the 1st Marine Division commanding general, Maj. Gen. Lawrence D. Nicholson.

Media interested in covering the amphibious landing or interviewing 1st Marine Division leadership must call the 1st Marine Division Public Affairs Office at (760) 763-9378, or e-mail at spencer.kenyon@usmc.mil, and RSVP no later than 4 p.m. on Dec. 8. Media covering the landing will arrive at Camp Pendleton’s Red Beach at 5:30 a.m. and should expect to remain on base for four hours. 

In addition to covering the landing, media have the opportunity to embed with amphibious assault vehicles and ride aboard as part of the landing. Space is limited, so interested media should RSVP as soon as possible to reserve a seat.

About Exercise Steel Knight:

Exercise Steel Knight 2014 is a large-scale, combined arms, live-fire exercise integrating aviation and logistical support from 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing and 1st Marine Logistics Group. The exercise will encompass training areas at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar and Marine Corps Air Station Yuma. 

Steel Knight enables 1st Marine Division to test and refine its command and control capabilities by acting as the headquarters element for a forward-deployed Marine Expeditionary Force.

Participating units will hone their conventional war fighting capabilities by practicing the skills needed to deploy and fight as part of a Marine Air Ground Task Force. Steel Knight will require the 1st Marine Division staff to employ amphibious capabilities as part of the scenario, enhancing the overall readiness of the Marine Corps to respond to any crisis as the nation’s premier force in readiness.

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