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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 269-00
May 19, 2000

U.S. PARTICIPATES IN NATO EXERCISE DYNAMIC MIX

The United States is participating with 13 other nations in Dynamic Mix 00, a multi-phase, multi-force combined NATO exercise comprised of air, land, maritime and amphibious operations throughout the NATO southern region from May 20 to June 10, 2000.

U.S. Naval forces involved in Dynamic Mix 00, including operational units of the U.S. Sixth Fleet, will operate within various NATO commands during the exercise. Participating Sixth Fleet units include USS Wasp Amphibious Ready Group, comprised of USS Wasp, USS Oak Hill, and USS Trenton. Embarked in these amphibious ships is the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit Special Operations Capable. The USS Anzio, USS Mahan, USS Hartford, USS Dallas, and the Maritime Prepositioning Force ship, MV PFC Eugene A. Obregon, will also participate. Additional Sixth Fleet participants include patrol aircraft from the Navy P-3 Orion squadron detached to NAS Sigonella, Italy.

Another 5,000 Marines and sailors from the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) based at Camp Lejeune, N.C., will also deploy to Dynamic Mix. The 2nd MEF command element will include reconnaissance, military police, communication, civil affairs, intelligence and radio battalion units. The ground combat element will include infantry, light-armored vehicle, amphibious assault vehicle, tank, artillery, combat engineer, air/naval gunfire liaison, and civil affairs units. The combat service support element will include landing support, engineer support, maintenance, medical supply, dental, and motor transport units. The air combat element will include 13 transport, command and control, and attack helicopters.

U.S. Air Force participation includes units from U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Combat Command. Six F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano Air Base, Italy, and four F-15E Strike Eagles from the 48th Fighter Wing, RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom, are participating for along with KC-135 Stratotankers from the 100th Air Refueling Wing, RAF Mildenhall, United Kingdom. Two B-52 bombers from Barksdale AFB, La., and two B-1B bombers from Mountain Home AFB, Idaho, will demonstrate global power projection during the exercise, staging flights from England and Portugal, respectively. In addition, four EC-130 electronic warfare aircraft from Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz., will stage from Greece to provide airborne command and control and electronic warfare support for participating forces.

The purpose of Dynamic Mix is to exercise NATO command and control, reinforcement and transfer of authority procedures. Dynamic Mix 00 will also exercise the operational deployment of reaction forces, interoperability, flexibility, and mobility of multinational forces, all within the framework of a NATO, multilateral, multinational exercise.

The exercise will take place concurrently in more than one location in NATO's southern region, hosted by Italy, Greece and Turkey.

Participating in the exercises will be forces from Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom and the United States.

Dynamic Mix 00 will be the largest NATO exercise conducted in the Southern Region this year. About 15,000 troops, 65 ships and 290 aircraft are planned to participate, as well as most NATO headquarters in the Southern Region. The exercise is under the direction and coordination of the commander in chief, Allied Forces Southern Europe (CINCSOUTH).

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