Marines in Korea for Ssang Yong exercise
By STARS AND STRIPES Published: March 14, 2016
More than 17,000 troops from four nations are taking part in an amphibious assault and land navigation training during Ssang Yong 16, an 11-day exercise taking around Pohang, South Korea.
The Hawaii-based 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines, along with members of the USS Boxer Amphibious Ready Group and 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, make up the U.S. contingent. Some 4,500 marines and 3,000 sailors from the Republic Korea, along with 100 Australian army soldiers and 60 New Zealand army soldiers are also taking part.
Lance Cpl. Jonathan Gilbert, with 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, yells out instructions conducting machine gun drills on Dogu Beach, South Korea, as part of Ssang Yong 16. The Marines, along with sailors of the 31st MEU, are in Korea as part of their spring deployment to the Asia-Pacific region.
CARL KING JR./U.S. MARINE CORPS