USMC execute largest long-range raid exercise in 14 years

Various units from the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing and 1st Marine Division came together in Southern California and Arizona to execute exercise Seahorse Wind.

A crew chief with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 364 watches as an MV-22B Osprey follows behind their aircraft during exercise Seahorse Wind on Dec. 6. Exercise Seahorse Wind was a long-range raid exercise conducted by over 600 Marines with the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing and the 1st Marine Division. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lillian Stephens/Released)

A crew chief with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 364 watches as an MV-22B Osprey follows behind their aircraft during exercise Seahorse Wind on Dec. 6. Exercise Seahorse Wind was a long-range raid exercise conducted by over 600 Marines with the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing and the 1st Marine Division. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lillian Stephens/Released)


A component to exercise Steel Knight, this war game is a long-range airborne raid exercise which brought ground units to a simulated combat zone.

This year’s exercise, which was held from Dec. 4-9, was the largest in 14 years, the U.S. Marine Corps said.

Aviation units supporting this exercise include: HMLA-169, VMM-164, VMM-364, VMGR-352, VMGR-152 and HMH-466.

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