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11th Marine Expeditionary Unit
I Marine Expeditionary Force

Feb 2, 2016

Teams of soldiers from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s (JGSDF) Western Army Infantry Regiment conduct combat rubber raiding craft training in the waves of California during Exercise Iron Fist 2016 on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan 28. This annual, bilateral exercise offers the opportunity for the U.S. Marines and JGSDF soldiers to work hand-in-hand as they train and prepare for an amphibious assault being conducting at the shores of Camp Pendleton in late February. As security treaty allies, it is important for U.S. Marines and JGSDF soldiers to have working relationships to continue honing our amphibious operations core competencies. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Timothy Valero/Released)

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