Marines Practice Amphibious War, Storm East Coast Beaches

Thousands of Marines are storming U.S. shores to train for a more modern version of the well-known beach assaults conducted during World War II.

Military officials say the operation being conducted in Virginia and North Carolina is the largest amphibious training exercise they've attempted in at least a decade.

Marines have been fighting wars in landlocked countries like Iraq and Afghanistan, and many have never even set foot on a Navy ship. That's of particular concern as the military shifts its strategic focus toward the coastal regions of the Middle East and the Pacific, where landing a force entirely by air or from a friendly country might not be possible.

About 3,500 Marines made landfall on the beaches near Camp Lejeune, N.C., and Virginia Beach beginning Monday.


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  • by AAV Marine on Feb 7, 2012 at 10:18 AM
    Yat YAS!
  • by Citizen Location: ENC on Feb 7, 2012 at 09:36 AM
    Getting ready for Obama's stand alone domestic military! Getting ready for Martial Law!
  • by Anonymous on Feb 7, 2012 at 06:32 AM
    More militarism and another public relations stunt.
  • by The Original ENC Location: enc on Feb 7, 2012 at 06:20 AM
    Getting ready for Syria or Iran...
    • reply
      by Obama Snake Oil Co on Feb 7, 2012 at 07:27 AM in reply to The Original ENC
      I think they are getting ready for DC myself....
      • reply
        by The Original ENC on Feb 7, 2012 at 09:33 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
        ...hahaa...gotcha buddy :-)
        • reply
          by Obama Snake Oil Co on Feb 7, 2012 at 11:52 AM in reply to The Original ENC
          I am still out here showing the love!
  • by Anonymous on Feb 7, 2012 at 05:13 AM
    how about finding a newer picture of the Marines? that one is very old look at the cammies they are old tri colors
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Feb 7, 2012 at 06:09 PM in reply to
      How about woodland pattern, I have never heard a Marine call them tri colors.
  • by Pigman Location: Seven Springs on Feb 7, 2012 at 04:52 AM
    Good deal ! Can we go watch ! That would be fun.
  • by semper phi Location: usa on Feb 7, 2012 at 04:40 AM
    I said HOO HOO HOO HOO HOO HOO RAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH MARINE!
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