By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Aren Everett, USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) Public Affairs
| February 21, 2016
(Feb. 18, 2016) U.S. Marines load onto a landing craft utility
(LCU) in the well deck aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington (LPD 24) as part of Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX) 16. The U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and Kuwait Armed Forces are conducting PHIBLEX 16, a bilateral amphibious and ground exercise, to enhance operational readiness and improve interoperability between U.S. and regional partner forces. (Photo by U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kaleb R. Staples/Released)
ARABIAN GULF - The Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), along with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), began Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX) 16 in the Arabian Gulf, Feb. 20.
“There is a lot of attention, especially in the Marine Corps and the Navy about regaining our amphibious capability in a high threat scenario against a high-end competitor,” said Mundy. “What we’re trying to do here is something that fits the other 90 percent.”
U.S. Marine Lt. Col. Michael Roach of the 5th MEB said the U.S. Navy, Marines and their counterparts in the Kuwait Armed Forces will work together to conduct ship-to-shore movements of personnel and equipment using amphibious vehicles such as landing craft air cushions (LCAC) and our various aircraft, non-combatant evacuation operations (NEO), medical exercises ashore, subject matter expert exchanges and sustainment training.
“The key to this operation will be the synergistic effects of all elements of the amphibious force acting in unity to reassure our partners and deter our adversaries,” said Roach.
PHIBLEX 16 is scheduled to last approximately 10 days and will be conducted at sea in the Arabian Gulf and ashore in Kuwait.
Donegan said that throughout PHIBLEX 16, participants will be trying to answer two important questions by ensuring that the exercise will be as realistic as possible.
“Where are we missing chances to bring in added benefits from other units?” asked Donegan. “Where can we go out and test new concepts? I’ll ask for as many lessons learned as we can get.”
The Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group is comprised of the USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), USS Arlington (LPD 24), USS Oak Hill (LSD 51) and the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit and are deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.