UPDATE: Lots of photos HERE.
A little over an hour south of Parker, AZ, United States Marines from Camp Pendleton and Air Station Miramar are engaged in an exercise codenamed Deep Strike II this week.
The Marines of 1st Division, 1st Marine Logistic Group, based out of Camp Pendleton, CA and the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, based out of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, CA are conducting a scheduled training exercise on the lower Colorado River in rural La Paz County south of Blythe, utilizing several open off-highway vehicle routes typically used by locals and winter visitors.
Large amounts of equipment, vehicles and aircraft are involved in the exercise, which La Paz County District 3 Supervisor Holly Irwin told Parker Live is only conducted here and in only one other place in the United States.
The operations include amphibious vehicle crossings, rafting and “continuous span bridge employment,” where the Marines build a bridge that can then be used to bring vehicles and people across the river.
A 1st Marine Division press release says that sometimes the noise can bring attention from the public.
“The number of aircraft and vehicles supporting training can occasionally generate higher volumes of noise,” it says. “Additionally, atmospheric conditions can amplify aircraft and vehicle noise volume and the distance sound travels.”
Some of the affected routes include Red Cloud Mine Road, Gas Line Road, Summit Road, Bradshaw Trail, Ashley’s Flat Road, Wiley’s Well Road, Milpitas Wash Road, Old Palo Verde Road and Cibola Road.