Marines with the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing begin Exercise Summer Fury 21 with a long-range maritime strike off the coast of Washington. Summer Fury is the largest maritime aviation exercise on the West Coast, and provides 3rd MAW an opportunity to improve combatant readiness in support of a Navy Expeditionary Force maritime campaign.
From July 7-9, 3rd MAW will execute a long-range sea strike against a simulated enemy naval surface fighter. With the support of the Port of Moses Lake, the 3rd MAW will demonstrate its ability to conduct fixed-wing strike operations with F / A-18C Hornets and F-35B Lighting IIs against opposing naval fighters in a distributed maritime environment.
“The Summer Fury Long Range Strike is an opportunity for the 3rd MAW to execute a sea strike against an enemy surface fighter while being supported by an airborne forward arming and supply point.” Lt. Col. Duncan A. French, 3rd MAW Senior Operations Planner
“The concepts and tasks inherent in this mission are essential to the success of a fight against a peer adversary. “
The 3rd MAW, with a combination of organic aircraft and joint facilitators, will lead Summer Fury from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Kirtland Air Force Base and surrounding key locations in the Western States. -United.
This exercise will showcase the aviation combat power of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing and all of its functions, ”said Major General Christopher J. Mahoney, Commanding General of 3rd MAW. “You will see expeditionary naval combat power across a wide range of terrain and combat scenarios. From sophisticated communications systems and expeditionary bases to the decisive power of 5th generation platforms, our advanced tactics and capabilities are honed. Make no mistake, the 3rd MAW is ready to fight and win, wherever and whenever this fight takes us. “
Summer Fury 21 will run through July 30, during which time 3rd MAW Squadrons will perform additional missions, including supporting forward naval bases and anti-aircraft warfare, culminating in missile fire, while maintaining a variety of distributed command and control centers.
The 3rd MAW continues to “fix, fly and fight” as the largest aircraft wing in the Marine Corps, and remains combat ready, deployable at short notice, and deadly when called into action.