first published on August 17, 2018 by Josh
Marines from 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, are taking part in a military exchange program with the Indonesian Marine Corps. The program involves two separate units of Marines from differing partnered nations that have the same mission-set working together logistically in order to exchange one rifle platoon each. United States Marines have sent one rifle platoon from 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines, Company K to Indonesia in order to live and train with the Indonesian Marines on on of their military installations in exchange for a rifle platoon from the Indonesian Marine Corps that will live and train with the United States Marines aboard Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.
This exchange of Marines is part of Exercise Bougeinville I, which is the first phase of a pre-deployment workup being conducted by the Marines. Infantrymen from both units aim to develop small unit leadership, and increased proficiency with reduced supervision while allowing the Marines to gain experience in a more diverse setting. Working with partnered and allied nations in this manner allows the Marines to be better prepared in the event that they are on the ground together, and need to operate in an integrated fashion with one another to accomplish a common objective.
The video below is a brief excerpt of training conducted by U.S. Marines and Indonesian Marines as they work together to practice basic close quarters battle techniques, and military operations in urban terrain (MOUT).