US Marines storm Estonian beachhead in exercise

In a joint military exercise, 130 combat-ready marines and 50 Estonian troops disembarked from the transport USS Gunston Hall.

From AP:  United States Marines are conducting their first amphibious landing exercise in a territory that was once part of the Soviet Union.

In Tuesday’s joint military exercise some 130 combat-ready marines, along with Estonian troops, disembarked from the transport vessel USS Gunston Hall to occupy a beach near the town of Loksa on Estonia’s eastern coast. …

Estonian Defense Minister Jaak Aaviksoo said the drill represented a pledge from the United States and other NATO allies to provide security for Estonia and its Baltic neighbors, Latvia and Lithuania.  (photo:  AP)

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