The USS San Diego amphibious transport dock floats offshore Marine Corps Base Hawaii last weekend. Vessels emerged from the ship’s rear well deck to begin the assault on Pyramid Rock Beach in one of the final exercises of the 26-nation Rim of the Pacific war games.
With the USS America amphibious assault ship in the background, a reconnaissance team approached the beach in an inflatable raft.
After reaching the shore, American and Japanese members of the recon team prepared to move out.
It was an international operation, with members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force taking part. A few miles to the south, soldiers from Australia, New Zealand and Tonga joined Americans in an assault exercise at Bellows Beach.
Accompanied by what looked like toy soldiers, amphibious assault vehicles rolled onto the sand at Pyramid Rock Beach.
An AH-1 SuperCobra attack helicopter sweeps down on enemy targets. Other air support came from F/A-18 fighter jets, while CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters and tilt-rotor Ospreys simulated bringing in more troops.
The Provisional Marine Expeditionary Brigade-Hawaii was made up primarily of III Marine Expeditionary Force units based in Hawaii.
Once they had landed, U.S. Marines wasted no time storming the beach. Hundreds of Marines and Japanese soldiers arrived in three waves.
A member of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force held his position on the beach.
The troops moved inland as more of the beach was secured. While amphibious operations have long been a staple of the Marines, a growing number of nations friendly to the U.S. consider the training important.
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