Marines hit the beach near San Onofre

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CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — Marines and sailors conducted an amphibious assault exercise near San Onofre State Beach Monday, base officials said.

Amphibious Assault ExerciseThe Marines and sailors of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Boxer Amphibious Ready Group, simulated a beach assault as part of a three-week multi-national training session dubbed “Exercise Dawn Blitz 2013,” that is being conducted in advance of a deployment to the Western Pacific in late summer, according to 1st Lt. Dana Mitchell, public affairs officer for the 13th MEU.

They launched from the USS Boxer and USS New Orleans in small boats and amphibious assault vehicles.

The Marines and sailors were joined by personnel from the Japanese Self- Defense Force, who were scheduled to jump from a helicopter into the ocean then swim to shore at Green Beach, a stretch of coastline also known as Trestles, near the northern portion of the installation, according to Mitchell.

Training at Camp Pendleton was to continue throughout the day.

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