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U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific

In Any Clime and Place

Exercise Southern Katipo opens with ‘Hui’ ceremony

By Cpl. Scott Reel | U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific | November 08, 2013

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Warrant Officer Class 1 Rodger Moana, senior weapons instructor with 1st Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment, New Zealand Defence Force, from Palmerston North, New Zealand, gives a brief during the initial stages of exercise Southern Katipo 2013 at Linton Military Camp in Linton, New Zealand, Nov. 4. The purpose of SK13 strengthens military to military relationships and cooperation with partner nations and the New Zealand Defence Force.

Warrant Officer Class 1 Rodger Moana, senior weapons instructor with 1st Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment, New Zealand Defence Force, from Palmerston North, New Zealand, gives a brief during the initial stages of exercise Southern Katipo 2013 at Linton Military Camp in Linton, New Zealand, Nov. 4. The purpose of SK13 strengthens military to military relationships and cooperation with partner nations and the New Zealand Defence Force. (Photo by Cpl. Scott Reel)


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Sgt. Greg Wubben, a civil affairs specialist with I Marine Expeditionary Force, from Ridgefield, Wash., conducts weapons familiarization drills during the initial stages of exercise Southern Katipo 2013 at Linton Military Camp in Linton, New Zealand, Nov. 4. The purpose of SK13 strengthens military to military relationships and cooperation with partner nations and the New Zealand Defence Force.

Sgt. Greg Wubben, a civil affairs specialist with I Marine Expeditionary Force, from Ridgefield, Wash., conducts weapons familiarization drills during the initial stages of exercise Southern Katipo 2013 at Linton Military Camp in Linton, New Zealand, Nov. 4. The purpose of SK13 strengthens military to military relationships and cooperation with partner nations and the New Zealand Defence Force. (Photo by Cpl. Scott Reel)


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Petty Officer 3rd Class Josue Navarro, a hospital corpsman with 1st Marine Logistics Group, from McAllen, Texas, throws a training grenade during the initial stages of exercise Southern Katipo 2013 at Linton Military Camp in Linton, New Zealand, Nov. 4. The purpose of SK13 strengthens military to military relationships and cooperation with partner nations and the New Zealand Defence Force.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Josue Navarro, a hospital corpsman with 1st Marine Logistics Group, from McAllen, Texas, throws a training grenade during the initial stages of exercise Southern Katipo 2013 at Linton Military Camp in Linton, New Zealand, Nov. 4. The purpose of SK13 strengthens military to military relationships and cooperation with partner nations and the New Zealand Defence Force. (Photo by Cpl. Scott Reel)


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Flt. Lt. Dan McCormack, reconnaissance platoon, 1 Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment, New Zealand Defence Force, from Palmerston North, New Zealand, shows U.S. Marines the contents and cooking methods of the New Zealand Operational Ration Pack during the initial stages of exercise Southern Katipo 2013 at Linton Military Camp in Linton, New Zealand, Nov. 4. The purpose of SK13 strengthens military to military relationships and cooperation with partner nations and the New Zealand Defence Force.

Flt. Lt. Dan McCormack, reconnaissance platoon, 1 Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment, New Zealand Defence Force, from Palmerston North, New Zealand, shows U.S. Marines the contents and cooking methods of the New Zealand Operational Ration Pack during the initial stages of exercise Southern Katipo 2013 at Linton Military Camp in Linton, New Zealand, Nov. 4. The purpose of SK13 strengthens military to military relationships and cooperation with partner nations and the New Zealand Defence Force. (Photo by Cpl. Scott Reel)


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Sgt. Ben Fraser, helicopter crewman with Helicopter Transition Unit NH-90, from Timaru, New Zealand, instructs Marines during a helicopter familiarization brief given during the initial stages of exercise Southern Katipo 2013 at Linton Military Camp in Linton, New Zealand, Nov. 4. The purpose of SK13 increases the ability of all participants to coordinate in complex operations.

Sgt. Ben Fraser, helicopter crewman with Helicopter Transition Unit NH-90, from Timaru, New Zealand, instructs Marines during a helicopter familiarization brief given during the initial stages of exercise Southern Katipo 2013 at Linton Military Camp in Linton, New Zealand, Nov. 4. The purpose of SK13 increases the ability of all participants to coordinate in complex operations. (Photo by Cpl. Scott Reel)


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New Zealand Army Pvt. Tumate Tengu, a patrol member with 1st Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment, demonstrates clearing procedures on the Individual Weapon (IW) Steyr assault rifle during weapons familiarization training with U.S. Marines from I Marine Expeditionary Force in preparation for exercise Southern Katipo 2013 (SK13), on Linton Military Camp, Linton, New Zealand, Nov. 4. SK13 is a New Zealand led training exercise to enhance interoperability between coalition forces and to help the New Zealand Defence Force further develop their amphibious capabilities. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Kowshon Ye/released)

New Zealand Army Pvt. Tumate Tengu, a patrol member with 1st Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment, demonstrates clearing procedures on the Individual Weapon (IW) Steyr assault rifle during weapons familiarization training with U.S. Marines from I Marine Expeditionary Force in preparation for exercise Southern Katipo 2013 (SK13), on Linton Military Camp, Linton, New Zealand, Nov. 4. SK13 is a New Zealand led training exercise to enhance interoperability between coalition forces and to help the New Zealand Defence Force further develop their amphibious capabilities. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Kowshon Ye/released) (Photo by Sgt. Kowshon Ye)


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U.S. Marines with I Marine Expeditionary Force learn handling procedures on the Individual Weapon (IW) Steyr assault rifle during familiarization training in preparation for exercise Southern Katipo 2013 (SK13), on Linton Military Camp, Linton, New Zealand, Nov. 4. SK13 is a New Zealand led training exercise to enhance interoperability between coalition forces and to help the New Zealand Defence Force further develop their amphibious capabilities. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Kowshon Ye/released)

U.S. Marines with I Marine Expeditionary Force learn handling procedures on the Individual Weapon (IW) Steyr assault rifle during familiarization training in preparation for exercise Southern Katipo 2013 (SK13), on Linton Military Camp, Linton, New Zealand, Nov. 4. SK13 is a New Zealand led training exercise to enhance interoperability between coalition forces and to help the New Zealand Defence Force further develop their amphibious capabilities. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Kowshon Ye/released) (Photo by Sgt. Kowshon Ye)


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U.S. Marines with I Marine Expeditionary Force disassemble Individual Weapon (IW) Steyr assault rifles during familiarization training in preparation for exercise Southern Katipo 2013 (SK13), on Linton Military Camp, Linton, New Zealand, Nov. 4. SK13 is a New Zealand led training exercise to enhance interoperability between coalition forces and to help the New Zealand Defence Force further develop their amphibious capabilities. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Kowshon Ye/released)

U.S. Marines with I Marine Expeditionary Force disassemble Individual Weapon (IW) Steyr assault rifles during familiarization training in preparation for exercise Southern Katipo 2013 (SK13), on Linton Military Camp, Linton, New Zealand, Nov. 4. SK13 is a New Zealand led training exercise to enhance interoperability between coalition forces and to help the New Zealand Defence Force further develop their amphibious capabilities. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Kowshon Ye/released) (Photo by Sgt. Kowshon Ye)


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A U.S. Marine practices handling procedures on the Individual Weapon (IW) Steyr assault rifle during familiarization training in preparation for exercise Southern Katipo 2013 (SK13), on Linton Military Camp, Linton, New Zealand, Nov. 4. SK13 is a New Zealand led training exercise to enhance interoperability between coalition forces and to help the New Zealand Defence Force further develop their amphibious capabilities. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Kowshon Ye/released)

A U.S. Marine practices handling procedures on the Individual Weapon (IW) Steyr assault rifle during familiarization training in preparation for exercise Southern Katipo 2013 (SK13), on Linton Military Camp, Linton, New Zealand, Nov. 4. SK13 is a New Zealand led training exercise to enhance interoperability between coalition forces and to help the New Zealand Defence Force further develop their amphibious capabilities. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Kowshon Ye/released) (Photo by Sgt. Kowshon Ye)


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New Zealand Army Cpl. Tango Anderson, left, a reconnaissance detachment commander with 1st
Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment, gives a safety brief for training grenades to U.S. Marines during a familiarization training in preparation for exercise Southern Katipo (SK13), aboard Linton Military Camp, Linton, New Zealand, Nov. 4, 2013. SK13 is a New Zealand led training exercise to enhance interoperability between coalition forces and to help the New Zealand Defence Force further develop their amphibious capabilities. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Luis A. Vega 1st Marine Division Combat Camera/Released)

New Zealand Army Cpl. Tango Anderson, left, a reconnaissance detachment commander with 1st Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment, gives a safety brief for training grenades to U.S. Marines during a familiarization training in preparation for exercise Southern Katipo (SK13), aboard Linton Military Camp, Linton, New Zealand, Nov. 4, 2013. SK13 is a New Zealand led training exercise to enhance interoperability between coalition forces and to help the New Zealand Defence Force further develop their amphibious capabilities. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Luis A. Vega 1st Marine Division Combat Camera/Released) (Photo by Cpl. Luis A. Vega)


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U.S. Marines with I Marine Expeditionary Force practice handling procedures on the Individual Weapon (IW) Steyr assault rifle during familiarization training in preparation for exercise Southern Katipo 2013 (SK13), on Linton Military Camp, Linton, New Zealand, Nov. 4. SK13 is a New Zealand led training exercise to enhance interoperability between coalition forces and to help the New Zealand Defence Force further develop their amphibious capabilities. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Kowshon Ye/released)

U.S. Marines with I Marine Expeditionary Force practice handling procedures on the Individual Weapon (IW) Steyr assault rifle during familiarization training in preparation for exercise Southern Katipo 2013 (SK13), on Linton Military Camp, Linton, New Zealand, Nov. 4. SK13 is a New Zealand led training exercise to enhance interoperability between coalition forces and to help the New Zealand Defence Force further develop their amphibious capabilities. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Kowshon Ye/released) (Photo by Sgt. Kowshon Ye)


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Cpl. Luis Vega, combat camera, 1st Marine Division, from Adinburg, Texas, conducts weapons familiarization drills during the initial stages of exercise Southern Katipo 2013 at Linton Military Camp in Linton, New Zealand, Nov. 4. The purpose of SK13 strengthens military to military relationships and cooperation with partner nations and the New Zealand Defence Force.

Cpl. Luis Vega, combat camera, 1st Marine Division, from Adinburg, Texas, conducts weapons familiarization drills during the initial stages of exercise Southern Katipo 2013 at Linton Military Camp in Linton, New Zealand, Nov. 4. The purpose of SK13 strengthens military to military relationships and cooperation with partner nations and the New Zealand Defence Force. (Photo by Cpl. Scott Reel)


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New Zealand Army Pvt. Tumate Tengu, a reconnaissance patrol member with 1st Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment, demonstrates how to prepare an Operational Ration Pack for U.S. Marines during familiarization training in preparation for exercise Southern Katipo (SK13), on Linton Military Camp, Linton, New Zealand, Nov. 4, 2013. SK13 is a New Zealand led training exercise to enhance interoperability between coalition forces and to help the New Zealand Defence Force further develop their amphibious capabilities. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Luis A. Vega, 1st Marine Division Combat Camera/Released)

New Zealand Army Pvt. Tumate Tengu, a reconnaissance patrol member with 1st Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment, demonstrates how to prepare an Operational Ration Pack for U.S. Marines during familiarization training in preparation for exercise Southern Katipo (SK13), on Linton Military Camp, Linton, New Zealand, Nov. 4, 2013. SK13 is a New Zealand led training exercise to enhance interoperability between coalition forces and to help the New Zealand Defence Force further develop their amphibious capabilities. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Luis A. Vega, 1st Marine Division Combat Camera/Released) (Photo by Cpl. Luis A. Vega)


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New Zealand Army Pvt. Richard McLaree, lower center, a reconnaissance patrol member with 1st Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment, teaches U.S. Marines about the Operational Ration Pack during familiarization training in preparation for exercise Southern Katipo 2013 (SK13), on Linton Military Camp, Linton, New Zealand, Nov. 4, 2013. SK13 is a New Zealand led training exercise to enhance interoperability between coalition forces and to help the New Zealand Defence Force further develop their amphibious capabilities. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Luis A. Vega 1st Marine  Division Combat Camera/Released)

New Zealand Army Pvt. Richard McLaree, lower center, a reconnaissance patrol member with 1st Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment, teaches U.S. Marines about the Operational Ration Pack during familiarization training in preparation for exercise Southern Katipo 2013 (SK13), on Linton Military Camp, Linton, New Zealand, Nov. 4, 2013. SK13 is a New Zealand led training exercise to enhance interoperability between coalition forces and to help the New Zealand Defence Force further develop their amphibious capabilities. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Luis A. Vega 1st Marine Division Combat Camera/Released) (Photo by Cpl. Luis A. Vega)


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New Zealand Army Cpl. Tango Anderson, left center, a reconnaissance detachment commander with 1st Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment, briefs U.S. Marines on the New Zealand Operational Ration Pack during familiarization training in preparation for exercise Southern Katipo (SK13), on Linton Military Camp, Linton, New Zealand, Nov. 4. SK13 is a New Zealand led training exercise to enhance interoperability between coalition forces and to help the New Zealand Defence
Force further develop their amphibious capabilities.(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Luis A. Vega 1st Marine Division Combat Camera/Released)

New Zealand Army Cpl. Tango Anderson, left center, a reconnaissance detachment commander with 1st Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment, briefs U.S. Marines on the New Zealand Operational Ration Pack during familiarization training in preparation for exercise Southern Katipo (SK13), on Linton Military Camp, Linton, New Zealand, Nov. 4. SK13 is a New Zealand led training exercise to enhance interoperability between coalition forces and to help the New Zealand Defence Force further develop their amphibious capabilities.(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Luis A. Vega 1st Marine Division Combat Camera/Released) (Photo by Cpl. Luis A. Vega)


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Royal New Zealand Air Force Sgt. Geoff Cameron, right, a helicopter crewman with Royal New Zealand Air Force 3 Squadron, briefs U.S. Marines on the UH-1H helicopter safety procedures in preparation for exercise Southern Katipo 2013 (SK13), on Linton Military Camp in Linton, New Zealand, Nov. 4. SK13 is a New Zealand led training exercise to enhance interoperability between coalition forces and to help the New Zealand Defence Force further develop their amphibious capabilities. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Luis A. Vega 1st Marine Division Combat Camera/Released)

Royal New Zealand Air Force Sgt. Geoff Cameron, right, a helicopter crewman with Royal New Zealand Air Force 3 Squadron, briefs U.S. Marines on the UH-1H helicopter safety procedures in preparation for exercise Southern Katipo 2013 (SK13), on Linton Military Camp in Linton, New Zealand, Nov. 4. SK13 is a New Zealand led training exercise to enhance interoperability between coalition forces and to help the New Zealand Defence Force further develop their amphibious capabilities. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Luis A. Vega 1st Marine Division Combat Camera/Released) (Photo by Cpl. Luis A. Vega)


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U.S. Marines with I Marine Expeditionary Force conduct egress drills from a NH-90 helicopter during familiarization training in preparation for exercise Southern Katipo 2013 (SK13), on Linton Military Camp, Linton, New Zealand, Nov. 4, 2013. SK13 is a New Zealand led training exercise to enhance interoperability between coalition forces and to help the New Zealand Defence Force further develop their amphibious capabilities. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Luis A. Vega 1st Marine  Division Combat Camera/Released)

U.S. Marines with I Marine Expeditionary Force conduct egress drills from a NH-90 helicopter during familiarization training in preparation for exercise Southern Katipo 2013 (SK13), on Linton Military Camp, Linton, New Zealand, Nov. 4, 2013. SK13 is a New Zealand led training exercise to enhance interoperability between coalition forces and to help the New Zealand Defence Force further develop their amphibious capabilities. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Luis A. Vega 1st Marine Division Combat Camera/Released) (Photo by Cpl. Luis A. Vega)


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WAIOURU MILITARY CAMP, New Zealand --

The New Zealand Defence Force welcomed coalition forces participating in exercise Southern Katipo 2013 with a ritual of the Maori Tribe aboard Waiouru military camp, New Zealand, Nov. 4.

The ritual took place at a "Marae," a tribal meeting place, and consisted of a "Hui," the ceremony. All members of the NZ army, regular or territorial force, serving or retired, including their families are considered Ngati Tumatauenga, or descendants of the Maori War God.

The ceremony served as the beginning of the month-long exercise between nine partnered nations: New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Kingdom of Tonga, France, Singapore, Malaysia, Canada, Australia and the United States. 
 
The exercise is built to strengthen the interoperability skills and relationships between all participants while further developing the New Zealand Defence Force’s amphibious capabilities.  

Col. John Howard, coalition commander of Southern Katipo 2013, welcomed each nation and mentioned his experiences working with all of them. 

Howard addressed the Marine representatives personally, mentioning his work alongside Gen. James Mattis for the last two years at United States Central Command. 

"You all bring some very diverse and good skills,” he said. “And I’m so happy to see you here on this day.”

Capt. Andrew MacDougall, company commander of Force Reconnaissance Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, said that every nation sang a traditional Maori song followed by their own national anthems or service songs.

While MacDougall represented the Marines Corps at the ceremony, his Marines and those participating in the exercise were training aboard Linton Military Camp.

“We started with weapons and helicopter familiarization, getting used to their different equipment and weapons systems,” MacDougall said.

“We integrated in with their units so we can get some hard, set standard operating procedures for the way they do business so that when we’re out in the field everything is seamless.”   
 
The Marine Corps, known for its amphibious capabilities, is always eager for training and improvement.

“We’re looking at it not so much as an advisor team but more of a bilateral training exercise,” MacDougall said. “It’s an exchange of ideas and an exchange of tactics, techniques and procedures between peers.”

Marines and members of the New Zealand Defence Force practiced loading personnel and gear in and out of helicopters, established standard operating procedures for a crash scenario and conducted weapons training with the Steyr assault rifle.

“Considering we’re in a reception, staging, onward movement and integration period, we’ve gotten a lot done while still getting acclimatized to the region,” MacDougall said.

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