Multinational forces storm Mayport beach for drills

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Marines from the U.S. and six countries in Central and South America, as well as soldiers from Canada – worked together at Camp Blanding, fast-roping out of helicopters, firing weapons and sharing tactics.

Sailors and Marines along the beach at Mayport began moving the crowd away from the water Saturday afternoon as the amphibious assault vehicles approached across the waves.

“Everybody back up!” a sailor shouted. “Keep backing up. Now move back just a little more.”

Moments later, the vehicles – looking like the offspring of a submarine and a tank – burst through the surf, surging forward as their treads bit into the sand.

The assault on the beach at Mayport Naval Station was part of the Marine’s Partnership of the Americas exercise, held in conjunction with the Navy’s Unitas exercise.

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  1. April 4th, 2012
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