Following infiltration and follow-on surveillance conducted by 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, Marines with the 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, surged from the amphibious assault vehicles (AAV) operated by 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion after their cold trek over the waves of the Pacific Ocean to conduct a notional raid on a small town complete with enemy role players. This is to demonstrate their amphibious landing capabilities during Steel Knight 2017 at Camp Pendleton, Calif. A one of a kind iteration, Steel Knight allows U.S. Marines and sailors with the 1st Marine Division to execute a combined arms, live fire-exercise spanning multiple locations across Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, and the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California.
The two-week-long exercise offers a variety of training for thousands of U.S. Marines and sailors from 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, showcasing the Corps’ distinct ability to gain access to critical areas anywhere in the world through air, ground and maritime capabilities that enables Marines to aid our nation in efforts to resolve conflict, conduct humanitarian assistance, or engage our nation’s enemies in remote, austere environments. This is to demonstrate that there is very little Marines can’t do, and very few places that they can’t reach. A truly stellar opportunity for everyone involved.