US Marines are practicing seizing small islands as a possible China fight looms in the Pacific

Business Insider | 3/21/2019 | Ryan Pickrell
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US Marines recently led a simulated assault on a small island in the Pacific, honing skills thought to be essential in a fight with China.

The exercise, which also involved the Army and the Air Force, was part of the Corps' efforts to refine the Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations concept.

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"This entire mission profile simulated the process of securing advanced footholds for follow-on forces to conduct further military operations, with rapid redeployment," the service said.

Last week, Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Congress that the ability to seize advanced bases would be critical in a war with China.

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Everything that is old may indeed be new again.

During World War II, US Marines moved from island to island, fighting bloody battles against entrenched Japanese forces determined to dominate the Pacific. Now, as the possibility of conflict with China looms, the Marine Corps is again looking closely at this historical island warfighting mission.

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Last week, US Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit led a series of simulated small-island assaults in Japan, the Corps announced Thursday.

The 31st MEU, supported by elements of the 3rd Marine Division, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, and 1st Marine Aircraft Wing; members of the Air Force 353rd Special Operations Group; and Army soldiers with 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group, practiced seizing Ie Shima Island.

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After the Marines seized the island's airfield, US troops quickly established a Forward Arming and Refueling Point. Additional force assets, such as Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters and C-130J Super Hercules transport aircraft, then moved in to deliver extra firepower.

Rocket artillery units brought in aboard the C-130Js carried out simulated long-range precision-fire missions while the stealth fighters conducted expeditionary strikes with precision-guided munitions.

Mission - Profile - Process - Footholds - Forces

"This entire mission profile simulated the process of securing advanced footholds for follow-on forces to conduct further...
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