LCU (Landing Craft Utility) drops off an Abrams M1A1 Main Battle Tank (MBT) on to Red Beach under fire support from an Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAV-7A1) (left) during Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '99 held at 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