Lummus wraps up participation in Dawn Blitz 2013

USNS 1ST LT Jack Lummus (T-AK 3011) wraps up active support today off the coast of San Diego for exercise Dawn Blitz 2013. The ship is operating as a training platform for the Marine Combat Logistics Regiment-17, 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade and U.S. Navy Sailors with Naval Beach Group One, Expeditionary Strike Group 3. Participants are transporting, staging and off-loading equipment from Lummus using the Improved Navy Lighterage System.

Marines and Sailors Integrated Navy Lighterage System to equipment from the USNS 1ST LT Jack Lummus (T-AK 3011) during exercise Dawn Blitz.

Marines and Sailors Integrated Navy Lighterage System to equipment from the USNS 1ST LT Jack Lummus (T-AK 3011) during exercise Dawn Blitz.

The INLS includes two components; the floating roll-on/roll-off discharge facility that allows vehicles to drive off Lummus while offshore, and motorized causeway ferries positioned alongside the RRDF to transport cargo ashore.

In addition to Lummus, the MSC fleet replenishment oiler USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO 187) provided logistics support at sea to U.S. Navy and foreign navy ships participating in the Dawn Blitz exercise through underway replenishments.

Dawn Blitz 2013 includes seven ships just off the coast and simulates an air and ground task force assaulting an enemy beach or delivering large numbers of troops along with food and supplies from ship to shore in a disaster relief operation. The exercise is the last event in a series of training designed to test the Navy’s and Marine Corps’ abilities in the planning and execution of complex amphibious operations from ship-to-shore.

Featured training includes more than 5,000 U.S. Marines, Sailors and coalition forces from Canada, Japan and New Zealand; as well as military observers from seven countries watching the exercise, including large-scale amphibious assaults, sea-basing operations, mine warfare operations, live-fire opportunities, and Maritime Prepositioning of Forces. Dawn Blitz also features battle-space shaping operations, force-on-force training, special operations forces, operational planning, live-fire opportunities, infantry immersion training, shipboard driver qualification, MV-22 Osprey take-offs and landings aboard a Japanese ship, and the largest multilateral amphibious landing on Camp Pendleton’s Red Beach, scheduled for June 24.

Marines and Sailors off-load equipment from Lummus.

Marines and Sailors off-load equipment from Lummus.

In the ship's interior, Marines and Sailors stage equipment to off-load from Lummus.

In the ship’s interior, Marines and Sailors stage equipment to off-load from Lummus.

Marines with Combat Logistics Regiment 17 secure equipment to Lummus's deck.

Marines with Combat Logistics Regiment 17 secure equipment to Lummus’s deck.

Marines and Sailors get equipment to the California shore during Dawn Blitz.

Marines and Sailors get equipment to the California shore during Dawn Blitz.

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