Amphibious Assault Vehicles Attached to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit to Deploy From the Well Deck of the Amphibious Dock
 
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SHOALWATER BAY, Australia (July 12, 2017) Seaman Tanoria Thomas, from Shreveport, La., signals amphibious assault vehicles attached to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit to deploy from the well deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) for a beach raid training exercise during Talisman Saber 17. Ashland, part of a combined U.S.-Australia-New Zealand expeditionary strike group, is undergoing a series of scenarios that will increase naval proficiencies in operating against blue-water adversarial threats and in its primary mission of launching Marine forces ashore in the littorals. Talisman Saber is a biennial U.S.-Australia bilateral exercise held off the coast of Australia meant to achieve interoperability and strengthen the U.S.-Australia alliance. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan Clay/Released)
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