USMC and Japanese forces to conduct amphibious training in Southern California
23 Apr 2019

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – U.S. Marines and Sailors with the 1st Marine Regiment and soldiers with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force will participate in Exercise Iron Fist 2019 at various training facilities in Southern California from Jan. 15 to Feb. 8, 2019.
Iron Fist is an annual, bilateral amphibious training exercise designed to improve U.S. Marine Corps and the Japanese force’s ability to plan, communicate and conduct combined amphibious operations. Iron Fist 19 maintains the strong working relationship with our Japanese military partners and continues to build our mutual understanding of each other’s amphibious capabilities. We look forward to enhancing our capabilities and building interoperability through realistic and relevant training necessary for effective combined military operations.
Training during the four weeks will focus on advanced marksmanship, amphibious reconnaissance, fire and maneuver assaults, staff planning, logistical support, medical knowledge exchanges, fire support operations-- including mortars, artillery, and close air support-- and amphibious landing operations. This is the fourteenth iteration of the exercise, which continues to provide unique opportunities for the U.S. Marines to train with their Japanese counterparts on U.S. soil.
Photo, video package, and video B-Roll imagery from all of these events will be released by the
1st Marine Division Press Office and made available for media use. This imagery can be found on the DVIDS page at
For additional queries, please contact the 1st Marine Division press officer 2ndLt. Cameron Edinburgh at (760) 725-9912 or email

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