Tampa, Fla., March 10, 2020 - A U.S. service member was killed in a non-combat related incident while participating in exercise Native Fury 20, in the United Arab Emirates, March 10.
The incident is under investigation.
In accordance with U.S. Department of Defense policy, the name of the service member is being withheld until 24 hours after next of kin notification is complete.
United Arab Emirates - U.S. Marine Forces, Central Command and I Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF), in coordination with the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces, will begin Exercise Native Fury 2020 on March 8. Native Fury is a bi-annual exercise that has been occurring in the region since 2008, and this is the 7th iteration of the exercise.
Native Fury 20 is a joint exercise involving thousands of forces demonstrating the ability to respond to contingencies, natural disasters and other possible crises in the region. The exercise is designed to train I Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF) Marines and Sailors in Maritime Prepositioning Force operations and aimed to increase proficiency, expand levels of cooperation, enhance maritime capabilities, validate joint logistics over the shore capabilities in coordination with the U.S. Army, and promote long-term regional stability and interoperability between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the United States.
In the course of the exercise, units from I Marine Expeditionary Force will employ a variety of different techniques to accomplish several training objectives. This exercise involves live fire and maneuver training, skill development and exchange with the armed forces of the UAE, ship-to-shore offloads of personnel, equipment and humanitarian resources, as well as a logistics convoy movements across the UAE.
“We are honored to train alongside the United Arab Emirates, a strategic partner of the United States in this region. This exercise is a great opportunity for both countries to demonstrate military readiness and a strong commitment to stability in the Gulf,” said Lt. Gen. Carl E. Mundy III, Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Central Command.
For further information regarding NF-20 please visit https://www.dvidshub.net/feature/NativeFury .