Camp Lejeune's annual training exercise helps increase preparedness and maintain relationships with allies

CAMP LEJEUNE, NC (WNCT) – An annual training event was held at Camp Lejeune on Thursday, attended by several other countries.

The event called Exercise Burmese Chase is held every year to increase preparedness and build relationships. It lasts until October 1st. Camp Lejeune is home to Allied forces from Great Britain, France, Norway, the Netherlands and Sweden.

Events on Thursday morning included an infantry immersion event, a training system that prepares Marines and Sailors for use on real battlefields with real scenes, sounds and smells.

“Marines and partner forces essentially going through a drill and live simulator with live role-playing players to practice infantry tactics, along with fire maneuvers,” said Captain George Gibson.

Next up was a gunslinger gym, where participants simulated shooting training in a virtual environment. Thereafter, the Marines had the opportunity to experience the vehicle’s rollover conditions and practice the steps necessary to escape in the event of an accident.

“We essentially put the Marines and partners in a frame that mimics a military vehicle, we roll them over. And from that point on we teach them how to get out of the vehicle they’re in, ”Gibson said.

Then came the boat training, in which they rehearsed man overboard exercises on combat rubber raid boats. The final event of the day was a combat convoy simulator, which provides an immersive environment for training convoy operations.

“The purpose of the exercise is to identify deficits and really expand them so that as we move forward we will be a deadlier force,” Gibson said.