The amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima, the dock landing ship USS Oak Hill the components and the 26th Expeditionary Unit Marines begin participating in the military exercise Eager Lion 2018 this week.
Eager Lion is a major training event that gives the United States and Jordan the opportunity to improve their collective ability to plan and operate in a coalition-like environment. The 11-day event will test the team’s 1,500 sailors and 1,800 marines on board with a wide range of exercises designed to enhance their collective ability to plan and project their presence in a coalition environment.
“We are excited and honoured to work hand in hand with the Jordanian armed forces, as we contribute an investment to a critical strategic partnership between two allies that share common regional security objectives,” said Marine Corps Col. Farrell J. Sullivan. , commander of the 26th MEU.
What is the exercise about?
Eager Lion focuses on increasing the war and security capabilities of the US. UU and Jordan, which allows the two nations to better address common threats to regional security. As part of the exercise, the Marines of the 26th MEU will take part in a reinforcement operation of embassies and evacuation of non-combatants, and will conduct bilateral support training in a variety of combat skill sets.
“Eager Lion allows us to practice essential tasks of key missions that span the full range of military operations to resolve conflicts and carry out combat operations against an enemy in remote and austere environments that would otherwise be inaccessible,” said Sullivan.
He added: “This exercise will allow us to demonstrate how we can project combat power over great distances and sustain those forces of amphibious transport. With regard to the response to the crisis, the ready amphibious team / MEU is the force of choice. When we are called, we will be ready. ”
The sailors of Iwo Jima and Oak Hill will use landing craft to move cargo and supplies to and from amphibious ships while honing their capacity to maintain a safe maritime environment with a visit, a board, a search and seizure drill.
“We look forward to working with our Jordanian partners. This exercise provides valuable training opportunities that enhance our ability to operate as a team and shows our mutual commitment and security in the region, “said Navy Capt. Jack Killman, commander of Amphibious Squadron 4.
The Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group embarks the 26th MEU and includes Iwo Jima, the transport ship USS New York, Oak Hill, Fleet Surgical Team 4 and 8, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 28, Tactical Air Control Squadron 22, Naval Beach Group components 2 and the crew personnel of the Amphibious Squadron 4 commander.
Source: Mercado Militar