A Landing Craft, Utility (LCU) from Landing Craft Unit-1 (ACU-1) (DET-A), Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, California prepares to board the USS TARAWA (LHA 1), with vital equipment needed to carry out thier task during Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97. KERNEL BLITZ is taking place off the coast of Southern California and Camp Pendleton to train Navy and Marine Corps personnel in amphibious operations