Designed to bring the Corps back to its Pacific roots after over a decade in the desert, while focusing on lightning-quick expeditionary operations where stealth and camouflage are the keys to success, Exercise Blue Chromite 2017 took part in the central, northern and Ie Shima training areas of Okinawa. About 2,000 U.S. Marines and U.S. Navy sailors from Okinawa and Sasebo participated in the fourth annual Navy-Marine Corps interoperability exercise.
Featuring short- and long-range raids, command and control operations in a jungle setting, bridge building and movement of Marines by air and by sea with the additions of the amphibious transport dock USS Green Bay and fast transport USNS Fall River, the exercise also incorporated U.S. Air Force C-130 aircraft and U.S. Army landing craft. Watch as U.S. Marines board 7 MV-22 Ospreys to practice conducting a Long Range Raid in Okinawa, Japan.
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