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U.S. Marines and Sailors arrive on Motutapu Island, Tonga, July 25, 2016, for a multi-national, bilateral exercise with Tongan Soldiers as part of Task Force Koa Moana’s deployment in the Asia-Pacific region. The service members will conduct basic infantry and live-fire range training, with assistance from reconnaissance boats to operationalize USNS Sacagawea (T-AKE 2), to increase interoperability and relations. The Marines and Sailors with the task force are originally assigned to I and III Marine Expeditionary Force.
Task Force Koa Moana: Beached
U.S. Marines and Sailors arrive on Motutapu Island, Tonga, July 25, 2016, for a multi-national, bilateral exercise with Tongan Soldiers as part of Task Force Koa Moana’s deployment in the Asia-Pacific region. The service members will conduct basic infantry and live-fire range training, with assistance from reconnaissance boats to operationalize USNS Sacagawea (T-AKE 2), to increase interoperability and relations. The Marines and Sailors with the task force are originally assigned to I and III Marine Expeditionary Force.
U.S. Marines and Tongan soldiers conduct a beach insertion during the culminating range as part of a multi-national, bilateral exercise designed to increase interoperability and relations, July 27, 2016, on Motutapu Island, Tonga, as part of Task Force Koa Moana’s deployment in the Asia-Pacific region. The service members applied skills such as demolition, beach insertions, high explosive exploitation and buddy rushes in the final range to test their capabilities. The Marines with the task force are originally assigned to I Marine Expeditionary Force and III MEF.
Task Force Koa Moana: Combining capabilities
U.S. Marines and Tongan soldiers conduct a beach insertion during the culminating range as part of a multi-national, bilateral exercise designed to increase interoperability and relations, July 27, 2016, on Motutapu Island, Tonga, as part of Task Force Koa Moana’s deployment in the Asia-Pacific region. The service members applied skills such as demolition, beach insertions, high explosive exploitation and buddy rushes in the final range to test their capabilities. The Marines with the task force are originally assigned to I Marine Expeditionary Force and III MEF.
A U.S. Marine and Tongan soldier sprint toward the objective, exploiting high explosives used to clear an obstacle during a live-fire range, July 27, 2016, on Motutapu Island, Tonga, as part of a multi-national, bilateral exercise designed to increase interoperability and relations. The service members combined and applied skills practiced during the exercise in a culminating range such as buddy rushing, demolition, high explosive exploitation and buddy rushing. The Marines are with Task Force Koa Moana and are originally assigned to I Marine Expeditionary Force and III MEF.
Task Force Koa Moana: Combining capabilities
A U.S. Marine and Tongan soldier sprint toward the objective, exploiting high explosives used to clear an obstacle during a live-fire range, July 27, 2016, on Motutapu Island, Tonga, as part of a multi-national, bilateral exercise designed to increase interoperability and relations. The service members combined and applied skills practiced during the exercise in a culminating range such as buddy rushing, demolition, high explosive exploitation and buddy rushing. The Marines are with Task Force Koa Moana and are originally assigned to I Marine Expeditionary Force and III MEF.
U.S. Marines and Tongan soldiers take cover while a demolition charge clears a path through concertina wire, July 28, 2016, during a live-fire range as part of a multi-national, bilateral exercise designed to increase interoperability and relations. The service members combined and applied skills practiced during the exercise in a culminating range such as high explosive exploitation, buddy rushing, demolition and beach insertion. The Marines are with Task Force Koa Moana and are originally assigned to I and III Marine Expeditionary Force.
Task Force Koa Moana: Combining capabilities
U.S. Marines and Tongan soldiers take cover while a demolition charge clears a path through concertina wire, July 28, 2016, during a live-fire range as part of a multi-national, bilateral exercise designed to increase interoperability and relations. The service members combined and applied skills practiced during the exercise in a culminating range such as high explosive exploitation, buddy rushing, demolition and beach insertion. The Marines are with Task Force Koa Moana and are originally assigned to I and III Marine Expeditionary Force.
U.S. Marines, Sailors and Tongan Soldiers unload ammunition and supplies from a reconnaissance boat, July 25, 2016, on Motutapu Island, Tonga, during a multi-national, bilateral exercise a part of Task Force Koa Moana’s deployment in the Asia-Pacific region. The service members will conduct basic infantry and live-fire range training, with assistance from recon boats to operationalize USNS Sacagawea (T-AKE 2), to increase interoperability and relations. The Marines and Sailors with the task force are originally assigned to I and III Marine Expeditionary Force. The Tongans are with His Majesty’s Armed Forces.
Task Force Koa Moana: Beached
U.S. Marines, Sailors and Tongan Soldiers unload ammunition and supplies from a reconnaissance boat, July 25, 2016, on Motutapu Island, Tonga, during a multi-national, bilateral exercise a part of Task Force Koa Moana’s deployment in the Asia-Pacific region. The service members will conduct basic infantry and live-fire range training, with assistance from recon boats to operationalize USNS Sacagawea (T-AKE 2), to increase interoperability and relations. The Marines and Sailors with the task force are originally assigned to I and III Marine Expeditionary Force. The Tongans are with His Majesty’s Armed Forces.
Lance Cpl. Jake E. Gieseke (Right) teaches Pvt. Sezio Nono (Right) different firing positions, June 21, 2016, during Exercise Koa Moana, at Goldie Barracks, Papua New Guinea, as part of Task Force Koa Moana’s deployment in the Asia-Pacific region. Koa Moana is the first multi-national, bilateral exercise between the Papua New Guinea Defence Force and U.S. Marines directly, and is designed to increase interoperability and relations by sharing infantry, law enforcement, engineering and medical skills. Gieseke, from New Ulm, Minnesota, is an assault man with Task Force Koa Moana, originally assigned to Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force. Nono is an infantryman with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Royal Pacific Islands Regiment, PNGDF. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. William Hester/ Released)
Task Force Koa Moana: Infantry Marines, PNGDF soldiers put rounds down range
Lance Cpl. Jake E. Gieseke (Right) teaches Pvt. Sezio Nono (Right) different firing positions, June 21, 2016, during Exercise Koa Moana, at Goldie Barracks, Papua New Guinea, as part of Task Force Koa Moana’s deployment in the Asia-Pacific region. Koa Moana is the first multi-national, bilateral exercise between the Papua New Guinea Defence Force and U.S. Marines directly, and is designed to increase interoperability and relations by sharing infantry, law enforcement, engineering and medical skills. Gieseke, from New Ulm, Minnesota, is an assault man with Task Force Koa Moana, originally assigned to Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force. Nono is an infantryman with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Royal Pacific Islands Regiment, PNGDF. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. William Hester/ Released)
U.S. Marines and Sailors and soldiers with the Papua New Guinea Defence Force gather for a group photo after conducting live fire training, June 21, 2016, during Exercise Koa Moana, at Goldie Barracks, Papua New Guinea, as part of Task Force Koa Moana’s deployment in the Asia-Pacific region. Koa Moana is the first multi-national, bilateral exercise between the PNGDF and U.S. Marines directly, and is designed to increase interoperability and relations by sharing infantry, medical, engineering and law enforcement skills. The Marines and Sailors with Task Force Koa Moana are originally assigned to I and III Marine Expeditionary Force. The soldiers are with 1st Battalion, 1st Royal Pacific Islands Regiment, PNGDF. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. William Hester/ Released)
Task Force Koa Moana: Infantry Marines, PNGDF soldiers put rounds down range
U.S. Marines and Sailors and soldiers with the Papua New Guinea Defence Force gather for a group photo after conducting live fire training, June 21, 2016, during Exercise Koa Moana, at Goldie Barracks, Papua New Guinea, as part of Task Force Koa Moana’s deployment in the Asia-Pacific region. Koa Moana is the first multi-national, bilateral exercise between the PNGDF and U.S. Marines directly, and is designed to increase interoperability and relations by sharing infantry, medical, engineering and law enforcement skills. The Marines and Sailors with Task Force Koa Moana are originally assigned to I and III Marine Expeditionary Force. The soldiers are with 1st Battalion, 1st Royal Pacific Islands Regiment, PNGDF. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. William Hester/ Released)
Cpl. Steven C. Anderson coaches a soldier with the Papua New Guinea Defence Force during live fire training, June 21, 2016, as part of Exercise Koa Moana, at Goldie Barracks, Papua New Guinea, during Task Force Koa Moana’s deployment in the Asia-Pacific region. Koa Moana is the first multi-national, bilateral exercise between the PNGDF and U.S. Marines directly, and is designed to increase interoperability and relations by sharing infantry, engineering, medical and law enforcement skills. Anderson, from Sumter, South Carolina, is an infantryman with Task Force Koa Moana, originally assigned to Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. William Hester/ Released)
Task Force Koa Moana: Infantry Marines, PNGDF soldiers put rounds down range
Cpl. Steven C. Anderson coaches a soldier with the Papua New Guinea Defence Force during live fire training, June 21, 2016, as part of Exercise Koa Moana, at Goldie Barracks, Papua New Guinea, during Task Force Koa Moana’s deployment in the Asia-Pacific region. Koa Moana is the first multi-national, bilateral exercise between the PNGDF and U.S. Marines directly, and is designed to increase interoperability and relations by sharing infantry, engineering, medical and law enforcement skills. Anderson, from Sumter, South Carolina, is an infantryman with Task Force Koa Moana, originally assigned to Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. William Hester/ Released)
U.S. Marines, Sailors and Soldiers with the Papua New Guinea Defence Force gather at the Goldie River for a group photo, June 22, 2016, during their hike on the Kokoda Trail, Papua New Guinea in remembrance of the battles fought there during WWII, as part of Exercise Koa Moana. Koa Moana is the first multi-national, bilateral exercise between the PNGDF and U.S. Marines directly, and is designed to increase interoperability and relations by sharing infantry, engineering, medical and law enforcement skills. The Marines and Sailors with Task Force Koa Moana are originally assigned to I and III Marine Expeditionary Force. The Soldiers are with 1st Battalion, 1st Royal Pacific Islands Regiment, PNGDF. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. William Hester/ Released)
Task Force Koa Moana, Papua New Guinea Defence Force bond by remembering the battles of Kokoda
U.S. Marines, Sailors and Soldiers with the Papua New Guinea Defence Force gather at the Goldie River for a group photo, June 22, 2016, during their hike on the Kokoda Trail, Papua New Guinea in remembrance of the battles fought there during WWII, as part of Exercise Koa Moana. Koa Moana is the first multi-national, bilateral exercise between the PNGDF and U.S. Marines directly, and is designed to increase interoperability and relations by sharing infantry, engineering, medical and law enforcement skills. The Marines and Sailors with Task Force Koa Moana are originally assigned to I and III Marine Expeditionary Force. The Soldiers are with 1st Battalion, 1st Royal Pacific Islands Regiment, PNGDF. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. William Hester/ Released)
U.S. Marines with Task Force Koa Moana and the Papua New Guinea Defence Force, conclude Exercise Koa Moana with a series of events which included a moto run, closing ceremony and a native Papuan cookout, Taurama Barracks, Papua New Guinea, June 23, 2016. Throughout the deployment the Marines and Sailors with the task force shared infantry, law enforcement and engineering skills with Papua New Guinea to strengthen relationships and interoperability in the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps imagery by MCIPAC Combat Camera Lance Cpl. Jesus McCloud/ Released)
KOA MOANA 16.2
U.S. Marines with Task Force Koa Moana and the Papua New Guinea Defence Force, conclude Exercise Koa Moana with a series of events which included a moto run, closing ceremony and a native Papuan cookout, Taurama Barracks, Papua New Guinea, June 23, 2016. Throughout the deployment the Marines and Sailors with the task force shared infantry, law enforcement and engineering skills with Papua New Guinea to strengthen relationships and interoperability in the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps imagery by MCIPAC Combat Camera Lance Cpl. Jesus McCloud/ Released)

Exercise Koa Moana 16.2 takes place May - August 2016 in Okinawa, Japan; Timor Leste; Papua New Guinea; Tonga; and Fiji. This year's iteration will focus on theater security cooperation events throughout those countries and enhance infantry and engineer capabilities at the platoon level, while building mil-to-mil relations and improving warfighting skills.

KM 16.2 will serve to further strengthen alliances around the Asia-Pacific region as well as highlight the effectiveness of a maritime prepositioning force (MPF).  Exercise Koa Moana, meaning Ocean Warrior, is designed to train U.S. service members and partner nations in conducting and discussing key aspects of mission readiness and interoperability to ensure security and stability of the Asia-Pacific region.