CAMP PENDLETON — Fighter jets, combat helicopters and ospreys will take to the sky over Southern California the next few days as part of a pre-combat training exercise known as Winter Fury, military officials said Thursday, Nov. 30.
The training will take place at Camp Pendleton, Marine Corps Air station Miramar, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms and over San Clemente Island.
Dozens of Marines and sailors from the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing at Camp Pendleton are using the exercise to prepare for an upcoming combat deployment, said Sgt. David Bickel.
The exercise, involving fighter jets, starts Thursday and will continue through the weekend. It also will include MV-22 ospreys, tilt-rotor helicopters, Ch-53 combat helicopters and C-130 propeller planes.
Winter Fury is an opportunity for the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing to practice the skills needed as the aviation combat element of a Marine Air Ground Task Force during a combat deployment, said Capt. Morgan Frazer.
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