By Rear Adm. Daniel H. Fillion
Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group Three
It’s hard to say no to a friend. That’s why we are here; getting to know our partners and building enduring friendships with our brothers-in-arms.
During Dawn Blitz, I saw our partnerships strengthen through rigorous planning, preparation and execution of the numerous amphibious landing scenarios we conducted this week. From sea and land, the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps operated closely with Japan, Mexico and New Zealand to execute amphibious beach landings and tactical air operations. Our partners have proven themselves as capable Mariners and Soldiers, and through superb coordination, we were able to demonstrate how our nations can work together to accomplish a common goal.
Dawn Blitz was an opportunity for us to practice our core amphibious capabilities and work with partner nations. It was a chance for our partners to learn how we do things and for us to learn how they do things. This kind of understanding proves essential to our interoperability and makes us a better, more agile force that is ready to respond at a moment’s notice.
The world that we live in today is unpredictable. That is why multi-lateral exercises like Dawn Blitz are crucial in order to train for a diverse range of mission sets, including humanitarian relief and crisis response. I look forward to future training opportunities with our partners, and I continue to be impressed with their resilience, aptitude, professionalism and ability to adapt to complex situations. The movement from sea to land is not a simple maneuver and requires immense planning in order to ensure the safety of our Sailors and Marines, as well as the effectiveness of our operations.
Thank you to the Blue-Green team and to our coalition partners for making Dawn Blitz 2015 a true training success!