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11th Marine Expeditionary Unit
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Feb 2, 2016

United States Marine Corps Col. Clay Tipton, commanding officer, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s Western Army Infantry Regiment Maj. Tomotake Nagamura observe from the shore as the soldiers of JGSDF prepare to launch the combat rubber raiding craft evolution of Exercise Iron Fist 2016 on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Jan. 28. Since 2006, exercise Iron Fist has offered Marines and JGSDF soldiers the unique opportunity to train and work side-by-side on U.S. soil, effectively increasing the cohesion between the United States and Japanese militaries. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Timothy Valero/ Released)

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