The original finding aid described this photograph as: [Complete] Scene Caption: AH-1W Super Cobra helicopter provides some Air Support as an Abrams M1A1 Main Battle Tank (MBT) (left) opens a path with its M1 Mine Clearing Blade System. Behind the M1A1 and landing on the beach are AAV-7A1 Amphibious Assault Vehicles while a Light Armored Vehicle-25 (LAV-25) provides cover for the ground troops (far right) as they take the beach in a simulated amphibious assault landing during Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '99 aboard Camp Pendleton, California. KERNEL BLITZ is a bi-annual Commander-in-CHIEF Pacific (CINCPAC) fleet training exercise (FLEETEX) focused on operational/tactical training of Commander, Third Fleet (C3F)/ I Marine Expeditionary Forces (MEF) and Commander, Amphibious Group 3 (CPG-3)/ 1ST Marine Division (MARDIV). KERNEL BLITZ is designed to enhance the training of Sailors and Marines in the complexities of brigade-size amphibious assault operations. Subject Operation/Series: KERNEL BLITZ Base: Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Edward Aspera Jr., Usmc Release Status: Released to Public.