ST. GEORGE – Marines and Sailors with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit based out of Camp Pendleton, Calif. will be conducting ground realistic urban training in St. George this evening.
Training will highlight long-range helicopter raids and tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel, or TRAP, scenarios. Additionally, a forward arming and refueling point, or FARP, will be established at St. George Municipal Airport to resupply military aircraft with necessary fuel and equipment and perform required maintenance crucial to successful training.
Rotary wing airframes present at the FARP will include MV-22B Ospreys, CH-53E Super Stallions, UH-1Y Hueys and AH-1Z Super Cobras and fixed wing aircraft will feature the AV-8B Harrier and the KC-130J Hercules.
This training exercise is in preparation for the 13th MEU’s upcoming WESTPAC 13-2 deployment. The 13th MEU will be forward-deployed as a rapid response force, capable of responding to contingency operations on land or at sea, providing humanitarian aid and disaster relief efforts, reinforcing embassies, and conducting non-combatant evacuation operations, through the combined capabilities of the Marine Air Ground Task Force.
As this report is published, the first aircraft is expected to land in St. George for the forward arming and refueling point between 5-6 p.m.
Ospreys are expected to land at 8:30 p.m.
The units will deploy at 21:15 hrs (9:15 p.m.) for the the training exercise.
This is a military exercise and not a public demonstration; however, the public is welcome to view the exercises from outside the airport area at a safe distance.
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