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Aviation Boatswain's Mate Airman Apprentice Micah Bogstadt, right, shadowed by Aviation Boatswain's Mate Airman Rodney Crowley, gives the signal for lift off to an AH-1Z Super Cobra.

ailors conduct small arms weapons qualifications with the 9mm Baretta aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Cleveland (LPD 7) during marine expeditionary amphibious exercise Dawn Blitz.

Amphibious assault vehicles transporting Marines from the 1st Battalion, 7th Marines land at Red Beach at Camp Pendleton as helicopters from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 465 fly overhead during exercise Dawn Blitz.

A Sailor fits a cover over a helicopter tail rotor on the flight deck aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). Boxer is conducting predeployment training during the amphibious exercise Dawn Blitz.

A landing amphibious resupply cargo vehicle moves into position to drive aboard an improved Navy lighterage system ship during an Exercise Dawn Blitz live maritime prepositioning force training event.

An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Blackjacks of Helicopter Combat Squadron 21 (HSC) 21 takes off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4).

Marines participate in a game night on the mess decks of the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4).

Sailors and Marines participate in a game night on the mess decks of the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4).

The amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) performs a pre-aim calibration fire on the Phalanx Close-in Weapons System.

Sailors and Marines participate in a game night on the mess decks of the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4).

An amphibious assault vehicle exits the surf during an Exercise Dawn Blitz live maritime prepositioning force training event.

Aviation Boatswain's Mate Airman Ronald Garcia signals to the pilot of an AV-8B Harrier II.

Two Kalmar rough terrain container handlers work in tandem to move supplies off an improved Navy lighterage system during an Exercise Dawn Blitz live maritime prepositioning force training event.

An aviation boatswain's mate (handling) directs the pilot of an AV-8B Harrier II at takeoff during flight operations aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4).

A handler signals for take off to an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 21 aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4).

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopter destroyer JS Hyuga (DDH 181) departs Naval Base San Diego to participate in exercise Dawn Blitz

The U.S. Marine Corps marks history by landing an MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft on a Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopter destroyer JS Hyuga (DDH 181) for the first time during amphibious exercise Dawn Blitz

U.S. Marines inspect an MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft after landing on the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopter destroyer JS Hyuga (DDH 181) during amphibious exercise Dawn Blitz

An aviation boatswains mate (handling) guides an MV-22 Osprey onto the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4).

Sailors aboard the Canadian Minesweeper HMCS Nanaimo (MM 702) operate side-scan sonar.

A Japan Self-Defense Force landing craft air cushion approaches San Clemente Island.

The Canadian minesweeper HMCS Nanaimo (MM 702) tows a side-scan sonar.

The amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) is underway during exercise Dawn Blitz 2013.

A service member washes a vehicle.

Sailors assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 1 and Canadian and New Zealand service members prepare for night training dives during amphibious exercise Dawn Blitz.

Sailors assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 1 and Canadian and New Zealand service members prepare for night training dives during amphibious exercise Dawn Blitz.

Sailors assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 1 and Canadian and New Zealand service members prepare for night training dives.

A landing craft, air cushion (LCAC) assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 5 drives onto the beach.

An amphibious assault vehicle assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 5 drives onto the beach.

A Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force landing craft, air cushion (LCAC) drives onto the beach.

Sailors assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 5 prepare to unload Humvees from a landing craft, air cushion (LCAC).

A Sailor from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force guides a landing craft, air cushion (LCAC) onto the beach.

Amphibious assault vehicles prepare to enter the well deck of the amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18), during Exercise Dawn Blitz 2015 (DB-15).

Seaman Jamie Morales signals amphibious assault vehicles to enter the well deck of the amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18) during Exercise Dawn Blitz 2015 (DB-15).

Marines and Sailors aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) man the rails as the ship departs Naval Base San Diego for the start of Exercise Dawn Blitz 2015 (DB-15).

Operations Specialist 2nd Class Taiese Gaono tracks a course on the chart board aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18) during Exercise Dawn Blitz 2015 (DB-15).

Sailors stand watch aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18) during Exercise Dawn Blitz 2015 (DB-15).

U.S. Naval ships participating in Exercise Dawn Blitz 2015 (DB-15) conduct a simulated strait transit off the coast of San Clemente Island\, Calif.

Marines from 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade push off from the well deck of the amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18) during Exercise Dawn Blitz 2015 (DB-15).

Amphibious assault vehicles depart the well deck aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18) during Exercise Dawn Blitz 2015 (DB-15).

A Marine assigned to 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade (1st MEB) jumps from an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter during Exercise Dawn Blitz 2015 (DB-15).

Marines assigned to 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade (1st MEB) swim with full gear to a riverine command boat assigned to Coastal Riverine Squadron 3 during Exercise Dawn Blitz 2015 (DB-15).

Boatswain's Mate Seaman Elana Hunter signals amphibious assault vehicles to launch from the well deck of the amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18) during Exercise Dawn Blitz 2015 (DB-15).

Marines secure the beach during an amphibious landing for Exercise Dawn Blitz 2015.

A landing craft air cushion (LCAC) lands on the beach during an amphibious landing for Exercise Dawn Blitz 2015.

Sailors assigned to air department aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset (LPD 25), conduct two simultaneous MV-22B Osprey landings during flight operations as part of Exercise Dawn Blitz 2015 (DB-15).

Two landing craft air cushions (LCAC) land on the beach during an amphibious landing for Exercise Dawn Blitz 2015.

A landing craft air cushion (LCAC) enters the well deck of amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset (LPD 25) as part of Exercise Dawn Blitz 2015 (DB-15).

U.S. Marines assigned to 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion prepare to launch an amphibious assault vehicle (AAV) off the well deck of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset (LPD 25) during Exercise Dawn Blitz 2015 (DB-15).

Sailors signal to a Japanese landing craft air cushion (LCAC) from Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ship JS Kunisaki (LST 4003), during an amphibious landing for exercise Dawn Blitz 2015.

A Japanese Soldier tends to a victim in a tilt-rotor MV-22 Osprey during a casualty evacuation training evolution for Exercise Dawn Blitz 2015.

Vice Adm. Nora Tyson, commander of the U.S. 3rd Fleet, speaks with Japanese Rear Adm. Hiroshi Oka after a closing ceremony for Exercise Dawn Blitz 2015.

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force guided-missile destroyer JS Ashigara (DDH 178) pulls pier-side into Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam after completion of multilateral exercise Dawn Blitz 2015 in San Diego.

Sailors assigned to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam prepare to receive a mooring line from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopter destroyer JS Hyuga (DDH 181).

Sailors and Marines walk shoulder to shoulder across the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) to find and remove foreign objects and debris prior to the commencement of flight operations during Exercise Dawn Blitz.

A U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II aircraft assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 211, Marine Aircraft Group 13, 3rd Marine Air Wing, lands aboard the USS Essex (LHD 2) during Exercise Dawn Blitz, Oct. 20, 2017.

A U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II aircraft assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 211, Marine Aircraft Group 13, 3rd Marine Air Wing, prepares to land aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) during Exercise Dawn Blitz.

The amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) transits San Diego Bay in preparation for Exercise Dawn Blitz 2017.

Air crew members aboard the the amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) standby on the flight deck awaiting aircraft landings Oct 20, 2017, during Exercise Dawn Blitz.

The amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) transits San Diego Bay in preparation for Exercise Dawn Blitz 2017.

U.S. Marines assigned to 3d Assault Amphibian Battalion dismount assault amphibious vehicles during Exercise Dawn Blitz aboard the USS Rushmore (LSD-47), Oct. 21, 2017.

U.S. Marines assigned to 3d Assault Amphibian Battalion dismount assault amphibious vehicles during Exercise Dawn Blitz aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD-47), Oct. 21, 2017.

A U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II aircraftd escends to the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) during Exercise Dawn Blitz, Oct. 22, 2017.

U.S. Navy Fleet Surgical Team (FST) 3 and medical department personnel assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) triage a simulated casualty.

U.S. Navy Fleet Surgical Team (FST) 3 and medical department personnel assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) triage a simulated casualty as part of a casualty evacuation drill.

Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Scott Musolf, left, explains the capabilities of the medical deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) to visitors during Exercise Dawn Blitz, Oct. 22, 2017.

U.S. Navy Sailors with Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 5 pilot a landing craft, air cushion onto the beach of San Clemente Island, Calif., Oct. 23, 2017, during Exercise Dawn Blitz.

U.S. Navy Sailors serving as field service representatives perform diagnostic checks on a Mk XVIII Mod II Unmanned Underwater Vehicle in support of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit One during exercise Dawn Blitz

Navy divers assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 1 retrieve a mine during exercise Dawn Blitz.

Sailors assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 1 train to use a chart and compass to plot their location aboard an 11-meter rigid hull inflatable boat during Exercise Dawn Blitz.

Sailors assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit One train to use a chart and compass to plot their location aboard an 11-meter rigid hull inflatable boat during Exercise Dawn Blitz

As Landing Craft, Air Cushion 74 approaches the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Anchorage (LPD 23) well deck, Marines and Sailors aboard the vessel prepare equipment for embarkation during Exercise Dawn Blitz

Essex ESG underway during exercise Dawn Blitz 2017.

A Humvee exits a landing craft, air cushion (LCAC) onto Red Beach during bilateral exercise Dawn Blitz 2017.

U.S. Navy Sailors participating in bilateral exercise Dawn Blitz 2017 guide a landing craft air cushion (LCAC) on Red Beach.

U.S. Marines disembark a landing craft air cushion to begin the Red Beach tactical maneuvering portion of the bilateral exercise Dawn Blitz 2017.