US Navy and Marine Corps Integrate with Joint Forces During Northern Edge 21
US Navy and Marine Corps Integrate with Joint Forces During Northern Edge 21

US Navy and Marine Corps Integrate with Joint Forces During Northern Edge 21

The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps strengthen joint ties with the Army and Air Force during Northern Edge 21 (NE21). Northern Edge, a U.S. Indo-Pacific Command exercise hosted by U.S. Pacific Air Forces, provides high-end, realistic war fighter training; develops and improves joint interoperability; and enhances the combat readiness of participating forces. This past week, aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) conducted more than 300 aircraft launches and traps, and embarked squadrons completed more than 830 flight hours during NE21.

A U.S. Marine AH-1Z Super Cobra, assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, prepares for launch from the flight deck of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset (LPD 25) in support of Northern Edge 2021.(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Heath Zeigler)

The 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) ashore from the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) serves as the lead element at Cold Bay, identified as an advanced naval base. The Makin Island ARG is executing various air and amphibious operations from amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8), and amphibious transport docks USS San Diego (LPD 22) and USS Somerset (LPD 25) while maneuvering over the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex.

An MH-60S Sea Hawk, assigned to the “Eightballers” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8, flies over the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) May 7, 2021, in support of flight operations above the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex and Gulf of Alaska during Exercise Northern Edge 2021 (NE21). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Zachary Wheeler)

The Marine Wing Support Detachment, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 164 (Reinforced), established a forward arming and refueling point at Cold Bay to provide around 85,000 lbs of fuel to multiple joint aircrafts. On May 8, Marines and Sailors at Cold Bay hosted an open house to engage with the community. In addition to meeting service members, Cold Bay residents were given a tour of a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System along with AH-1Z Viper, UH-1Y Venom and CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters.

U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Kerry Brady, mini boss aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset (LPD 25), observes flight operations from the helicopter tower in support of Northern Edge 2021. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Heath Zeigler)

The day also included a military working dog demonstration. Approximately 15,000 U.S. service members, six U.S. Navy ships and 240 aircraft are participating in NE21. Northern Edge 21 provides the opportunity for U.S. military personnel to sharpen their skills; practice tactics, techniques, and procedures; improve command, control and communication relationships; and develop cooperative plans and programs.

The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) transits the Gulf of Alaska, May 7, 2021, in support of flight operations above the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex and Gulf of Alaska during Exercise Northern Edge 2021 (NE21). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brandon Richardson)