A U.S. Navy landing craft, air cushion is marshaled into the USS Arlington (LPD-24) carrying tactical vehicles during Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) mission rehearsals
A U.S. Navy landing craft, air cushion is marshaled into the USS Arlington (LPD-24) carrying tactical vehicles during Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) mission rehearsals

US Marines and Sailors Conduct Destructive Weather Mission Rehearsals at Naval Station Norfolk

U.S. Marines and Sailors with the 2nd Marine Logistics Group (MLG) and II Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) supported a destructive weather mission rehearsal in support of Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) requirements at Naval Base Norfolk in Norfolk, Virginia, from July 19 to 23, 2021.

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Zandria Smith ground guides a medium tactical vehicle replacement on the deck of the USS Arlington (LPD-24) during Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) mission rehearsals at Naval Base Norfolk, Virginia, July 21, 2021. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Scott Jenkins)

The II MEF MDTF is designed to respond to a destructive weather crisis within 96 hours in support of civilian authorities and is comprised of elements from throughout the Marine Corps Installations East region.

A U.S. Navy landing craft, air cushion lands on a beach while carrying tactical vehicles during Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) mission rehearsals at Naval Base Norfolk, Virginia, July 22, 2021. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Scott Jenkins)

“Mission rehearsals, and other exercises similar to what is happening this week in Norfolk, help fine-tune our readiness,” said Lt. Col. Luke A. Sauber, commanding officer of CLB-22, “… and ultimately enable our ability to provide rapid aid to afflicted populations.”

U.S. Navy Sailors unload tactical vehicles from an air cushion, landing craft onto a vehicle staging area during Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) mission rehearsals at Naval Base Norfolk, Virginia, July 22, 2021. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Scott Jenkins)

The exercise certified the rapid embarkation of Marines and Sailors with the II MEF Maritime DSCA Task Force (MDTF) aboard the Norfolk-based U.S.S. Arlington, a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock. Aside from exercising logistical procedures essential for a DSCA mission, Marines worked alongside Sailors from the U.S.S. Arlington, Expeditionary Strike Group 2, and Navy Expeditionary Combat Command to refine expeditionary naval command and control capabilities.

U.S. Navy Sailors with Assault Craft Unit Four pilot an air cushion, landing craft over the sea during Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) mission rehearsals at Naval Base Norfolk, Virginia, July 22, 2021.