During the urban combat phase of Operation Urban Warrior, U.S. Marines take cover and move out in Oakland, Calif., March 16. The urban combat phase was designed to prepare Marines for the type of conflict they may encounter during 21st century battles in foregin lands. More than 6,000 Marines on land and stationed on ships off the northern California coast took part in the operation.
Against the backdrop of Alcatraz Island
in the San Francisco Bay, U.S. Navy personnel act as "the
bad guys" during Operation Urban Warrior March 16. In
addition to serving as an opposing force, the Navy was
testing new communications technology during the
A U.S Marine from the 1st Battalion, 5th
Marines runs for cover during the urban combat phase of
Operation Urban Warrior March 16 in Oakland, Calif. The
three-phased operation tested Marines' ability to provide
humanitarian assistance in an urban environment, respond to
threats of chemical and biological weapons, and restore
order after a state of civil unrest.
OPERATION NAME: Urban Warrior
MISSION STATEMENT: To support the national military strategy of preparing for the threats of a new century and a changing enemy. To enhance domestic national security. To conduct and refine disaster relief and humanitarian assistance operations for use in the United States and abroad. To conduct urban combat operations and ready Marines for the likelihood that battles in the 21st Century will be focused in the world's rapidly expanding urban areas.
MISSION GOALS: Using a sea-based, Navy-Marine Corps team, provide humanitarian and disaster relief assistance to a large, metropolitan city, including food, water, shelter and medicine. Successfully conduct an amphibious landing, helicopter assault and mass casualty drill in response to an incident involving chemical or biological weapons, and in coordination with civilian police and fire departments. Conduct a mid-intensity combat operation in an urban environment against a backdrop of civil unrest, and restore order.