A US soldier secures the perimeter after completing the parachute jump.
A US soldier secures the perimeter after completing the parachute jump. Allan Reinikka

US marines in sea and air assaults

JUST off the coast, 350 eager US marines and sailors have been waiting patiently.

Their mission may not be saving Private Ryan, but today they will storm the shores of Shoalwater Bay as the Talisman Sabre action continues.

The troops will execute an amphibious landing in support of the US and Australian combined military exercise, which is being held in Central Queensland this month.

This is the second large-scale exercise after a parachute drop in Shoalwater Bay at the weekend.

The landing will use dozens of large military vehicles and craft, including US marine amphibious assault vehicles and US Navy hovercrafts.

The ship-to-shore operation will run over several days and is an opportunity for the Marines to demonstrate their sea-based capabilities and amphibious nature.

The troops are part of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit that is based in Okinawa, Japan.



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