Multinational forces storm Mayport beach for drills

Multinational forces storm Mayport beach for drills
The surprise scene at the shore startled beachgoers, but readied the troops.
* By Timothy J. Gibbons
* Story updated at 3:44 AM on Sunday, Apr. 26, 2009
"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.
"It's really a learning environment for everybody," said Col. Jay Huston, commanding officer of the task force doing the exercise.
During the past week, the troops - 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."

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