Exercise African Lion 13 begins with maritime offload


As part of Exercise African Lion 13, a joint force of US Marines, Airmen, Sailors, and Soldiers conducted a maritime prepositioning offload at the port of Agadir, Morocco, that delivered, organized, and prepared vehicles and equipment for the joint multi-lateral exercise.

The U.S. Navy Ship Dahl, a cargo transport, pulled into the Moroccan port to deliver more than 250 short tons of equipment for the exercise, slated to begin this month.
“This is a true Maritime Prepositioning of Force ‘drill’ where all the equipment from the offload will actually be used during the exercise,” said said Lt. Col. Peter J. Mahoney, the officer-in-charge of the Arrival-and-Assembly Operation Group, African Lion 13 (AL-13).

The offload will continue throughout the week, delivering 7-ton trucks, armored Humvees, Howitzers, and other logistical items such as Meals Ready to Eat (MREs) for the exercise.

Exercise African Lion is a U.S. Africa Command-scheduled, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Africa- led, joint multi-lateral exercise that will involve more than 1,400 U.S. servicemembers and approximately 900 Royal Moroccan Armed Forces to conduct military-to-military engagements in various exercises that build military partner-nation capacity.

For the first time, members of the Federal Republic of Germany Armed Forces and members of 12 additional European and African countries will observe the exercise.

During AL-13, the combined task force will conduct familiarization and training to include: command post exercise, live-fire and maneuvering, peace keeping operations, intelligence capacity building seminar, humanitarian and civic assistance, amphibious operations, aerial refueling and low-level flight training.