U.S. Marines, soldiers and airmen for nearly two weeks polished a new approach to island warfare in the Western Pacific designed to deny surrounding seas to potential adversaries.
They deployed small groups of highly trained troops, fast-moving artillery and stealthy fighter jets to grab territory from which rockets could launch.
Exercise Castaway, which concludes Saturday on this island just off Okinawa's northwest coast, demonstrates how a relatively small, widely dispersed force could seize and hold useful territory in the early stages of a conflict.
The tactic is called expeditionary advanced base operations. The potential adversary, left unsaid, is widely understood to be China.
Castaway is the second exercise like it since Noble Fury in last October, but it’s the most comprehensive expeditionary advanced base exercise, so far, 3rd Marine Division spokesman Maj. Kurt Stahl told Stars and Stripes on Monday.
Engagement in or the activities involved in war or conflict.
An action or strategy carefully planned to achieve a specific end.
A self-propelled, unguided weapon system.
Rockets are used primarily as medium and long-range artillery systems.
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