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SOUTH CHINA SEA (June 13, 2016) – U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Ryan Albanese, an infantry squad leader with Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines, poses for a photo onboard the USS Ashland (LSD 48) while underway in the South China Sea in support of exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training. CARAT is a series of annual, bilateral maritime exercises between the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the armed forces of nine partner nations to include Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand and Timor-Leste. The Ashland is assigned to U.S. 7th Fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by Lance Cpl. Carl King Jr/. Released) - SOUTH CHINA SEA (June 13, 2016) – U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Ryan Albanese, an infantry squad leader with Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines, poses for a photo onboard the USS Ashland (LSD 48) while underway in the South China Sea in support of exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training. CARAT is a series of annual, bilateral maritime exercises between the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the armed forces of nine partner nations to include Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand and Timor-Leste. The Ashland is assigned to U.S. 7th Fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by Lance Cpl. Carl King Jr/. Released)

An award ceremony was held June 13, 2016, at Camp Courtney, Okinawa, Japan. U.S. Marine Col. Eric M. Mellinger received an award from Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force Col. Shusei Hotta for significantly contributing to increasing training opportunities for the JGSDF by advancing co-use of Marine Corps training facilities on Okinawa and expanding III Marine Expeditionary Force efforts to participate in alliance/bilateral exercises. Hotta, the deputy chief of Policy and Programs Division, Ground Staff Office, JGSDF, presented the award on behalf of Gen. Kiyofumi Iwata, the JGSDF chief of staff. Mellinger is the III MEF chief of staff. - An award ceremony was held June 13, 2016, at Camp Courtney, Okinawa, Japan. U.S. Marine Col. Eric M. Mellinger received an award from Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force Col. Shusei Hotta for significantly contributing to increasing training opportunities for the JGSDF by advancing co-use of Marine Corps training facilities on Okinawa and expanding III Marine Expeditionary Force efforts to participate in alliance/bilateral exercises. Hotta, the deputy chief of Policy and Programs Division, Ground Staff Office, JGSDF, presented the award on behalf of Gen. Kiyofumi Iwata, the JGSDF chief of staff. Mellinger is the III MEF chief of staff.

TANDUO BEACH, MALAYSIA (May 30, 2016) – U.S. Marines assigned to Easy Company, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines post security after an amphibious transition from ship to shore. The Marines are embarked aboard the USS Ashland (LSD 48) in support of exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training. CARAT is a series of annual, bilateral maritime exercises between the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the armed forces of nine partner nations to include Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand and Timor-Leste.The Ashland is assigned to U.S. 7th Fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by Lance Cpl. Carl King Jr/. Released) - TANDUO BEACH, MALAYSIA (May 30, 2016) – U.S. Marines assigned to Easy Company, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines post security after an amphibious transition from ship to shore. The Marines are embarked aboard the USS Ashland (LSD 48) in support of exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training. CARAT is a series of annual, bilateral maritime exercises between the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the armed forces of nine partner nations to include Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand and Timor-Leste.The Ashland is assigned to U.S. 7th Fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by Lance Cpl. Carl King Jr/. Released)