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US Marines secure a landing strip after exiting a Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion during air assault training at Keflavik Air Base, Iceland, Oct. 17, 2018.
Devin J. Andrews/US Marine Corps
According to Stars and Stripes, US Marines have kicked off a training operation in Iceland, conducting an air assault drill and battling the elements in the island nation’s picturesque environment.
Approximately 2,000 Marines from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit are participating in the Iceland operations, which started Wednesday as part of Exercise Trident Juncture.
US Marine gives orders while preparing for a cold weather training march.
Capt. Kylee Ashton/Air Force
The Marines are joined by as many sailors, serving aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima, amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall and amphibious transport dock ship USS New York.
Together, the combined force plans on highlighting the power of the NATO alliance when it comes to amphibious operations.
Marines, assigned to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, embark a CH-53 Super Stallion helicopter, during a simulated air assault as part of exercise Trident Juncture 2018 in Keflavik, Iceland, Oct. 17, 2018.
Jonathan Nelson/ US Navy
During the air assault portion Wednesday, Marines loaded into CH53E Super Stallion helicopters and MV-22 tiltrotor aircraft aboard ships, landed near the coast of the island and secured the area by setting up a bridgehead for further operations.
Next the Marines are heading inland to conduct cold weather training among Iceland’s jetblue glaciers.
As Iceland has no standing armed forces of its own, American troops are being aided by Icelandic police and coast guard.
CH-53 Super Stallion helicopters, assigned to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, prepare to retrieve U.S. Marines during a simulated air assault as part of exercise Trident Juncture 2018 in Keflavik, Iceland, Oct. 17, 2018.
Jonathan Nelson/ US Navy
The Navy and Marines plan to continue amphibious operations in conjunction with Exercise Trident Juncture later this month in Norway, where a mock amphibious assault is planned.
About 50,000 NATO troops are taking part in this year’s exercise, the alliance’ largest exercise since 2002.
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