USNI: Summer Fury Drills Hone Marines’ New Island-Hopping Fight (MCAS Miramar) – F-35 and F-18

FA-18 & F-35C USNavy file photo frin 2019

As reported by the US Naval Institute: Last month, 17 squadrons with San Diego, Calif.-based 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing joined with 1st Marine Division and 1st Marine Logistics Group units for exercise Summer Fury 2020, held over three weeks across Southern California and southwest ranges.

The 3rd MAW pushed fighter jets, helicopters, Marines and combat equipment hundreds of miles, from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar and Camp Pendleton north of San Diego to Naval Air Station Lemoore and China Lake Naval Weapons Station farther north in California and Marine Corps Air Station Yuma in Arizona. Aviation ground support Marines set up a series of forward arming and refueling points, or FARPs, to support the aircraft, and heavy-lift helicopters moved artillery guns – all missions that helped project combat forces and stretch the MAGTF’s operational reach.

Read the entire report from the US Naval Institute at

File photo from US Navy of F-35 and F-18; related report from The Aviationist at

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