15 May 2017

News Story: Amphibious military exercises moving ahead on Guam

A French Navy Assault Ship, 1 of 2 ships taking part in the Exercise 
NAVAL BASE GUAM (AP) -- Multinational amphibious exercises on the U.S. Pacific island of Guam were moving ahead as scheduled Saturday, one day after being suspended when a French landing craft ran aground.

First Lt. Joshua Hays, a spokesman for the U.S. 3rd Marine Division, said Japanese soldiers will practice rubber craft raids. On Sunday, U.S. Marines plan to conduct live-fire training with French troops.

The weeklong maneuvers, which also involve the United Kingdom, were intended to show support for the free passage of vessels in international waters amid concerns China may restrict access to the South China Sea.

Read the full story at The Mainichi