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FF II exercised Marine Corps Aviation

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(USMC) – Forager Fury II (FF II), which took place at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Tinian's West and North Fields, and Farallon De Medinilla Target Range was firmly grounded in the successes and lessons learned from prior exercises conducted in the Mariana Island Range Complex (MIRC).

During FF II, Andersen AFB served as the Marine Aircraft Group 12 (MAG-12) forward operating base and operations center. Training on Tinian's West Field included emplacement of arresting gear and fuel storage/distribution for purposes of extending aviation training throughout the MIRC.

Training on Tinian's North Field included clearing, stripping and repairing the landing surface on Abel, Baker, Charlie, and Dog runways and the installation of matting for vertical take-off and landing of rotary and fixed-wing aircraft.

These runways contain a historical significance that dates back to World War II. After the Battle of Tinian in 1944, the runways were constructed to support long-range air operations. The runways were closed in March 1947 and re-opened in June 2012 when a KC-130J Hercules, assigned to 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, landed on Baker runway for the first time in 65 years.

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Training on Tinian and Guam incorporated a variety of U.S. Marine fixed wing, rotor wing, and tiltrotor aircraft. Participating U.S. Marine Corps aircraft included FA-18 Hornets, EA-6B Prowlers and KC-130J Hercules. To increase joint capabilities, the U.S. Air Force and Navy also provided aviation assets and support personnel during the exercise.

U.S. Marine Corps Forces from Marine Wing Support Squadron 171, MAG-12, 1st MAW, III Marine Expeditionary Force, had been training on Tinian's North Field since early November in order to prepare the four runways for flight operations.

FF II provided an excellent opportunity for III MEF to demonstrate its ability to displace rapidly and generate significant combat power in an expeditionary environment.

During the exercise, III MEF planed and executed mission rehearsals designed to replicate theater specific combat conditions. Additionally, FF II allowed MAG-12 to improve aviation combat integration across all echelons of the Marine Air-Ground Task Force and heighten expeditionary readiness.

All of the training was conducted within the scope of environmental impact statements and in accordance with the existing MIRC training manual.

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