FRIDAY FOTO (July 23, 2010)

July 23, 2010 at 7:57 pm Leave a comment

Taking the Beach

Peruvian marines, armed with futuristic-looking F2000 assault rifles, hit the beach with service members from 10 other countries during a large-scale amphibious exercise in Ancon, Peru. (Photo by Cpl. Brian J. Slaght, U.S. Marine Corps)

About 600 marines and sailors from Southern Command and  the 4th Fleet recently participated with troops from nine other nations in a large-scale amphibious exercise on the coast of Peru. Marines from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay — along with soldiers from the Canadian Army took part in Southern Exchange/Partnership of the Americas 2010 from July 1-25.

The U.S. Marines, mostly from Reserve units, included elements of the 24th Marine Regiment, the 4th Combat Engineer Battalion, 4th Medical Battalion, 4th Dental Battalion and the Marine Medium Lift Helicopter Squadron 764.

Supporting amphibious operations during the exercise was the USS New Orleans (LPD 18).

A photo essay is available at the Defense Department Web site. Even more pictures of the U.S. Marines is available at DVIDS Website.

Here’s some information on the Belgian-designed F2000 assault rifle.

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