Marines and Sailors with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), are conducting an amphibious assault on Green Beach at Camp Pendleton, June 23, 2013, as part of Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) MEU Integration (PMINT).

PMINT is a three week long pre-deployment training event focusing on the combined MEU/ARG capabilities and the strengthening of the Navy and Marine Corps Team. Additionally, Japanese forces conducting Exercise Dawn Blitz, a multi-national training exercise at Camp Pendleton, will be present for bilateral training with the Marines.

The 13th MEU’s Battalion Landing Team 1/4 will depart from the Navy’s USS Boxer and USS New Orleans in small boats and amphibious assault vehicles for Camp Pendleton’s shore, to a location known to the Marines as Green Beach and to the Southern California surf community as Trestles.

Following the amphibious insert of Marines to Green Beach, Japanese forces from the Japan Self-Defense Force (JSDF) will conduct a helo-cast into the ocean and swim ashore to link up with the Marines. Training will continue throughout the day aboard Camp Pendleton.

The mission of the 13th MEU and Boxer ARG is to provide combatant commanders with a forward-deployed, rapid contingency response force, able to launch from a sea-based platform to conduct missions ranging from providing humanitarian aid, to reinforcing embassy security, to executing amphibious raids. This training not only better prepares the 13th MEU and Boxer ARG for an upcoming Western Pacific deployment in late summer of 2013, but teaches Marines and Sailors how to work cooperatively with our partner nations and force posture for potential crises.

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