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Marines practice sea, air and land drills in HawaiiUPDATED 10:08 PM HST Aug 30, 2013Video Transcript
fronts.. A major marine mission... And it happened here in Hawaii today! Of course, it was a drill... But not any drill! KITV-4's Cam Tran takes us up close with the marines as they start their 8 month deployment... ...across the Pacific. By sea, .. by land, and in the air... thousands of marines from the 13th Expeditionary Unit descend on Kaneohe Bay. DWAYNE BLANK, FIRST LT. M IN: 43:00 THE MARINE EXPEDITIONARY UNIT IS THE ONLY FORCE IN THE WORLD THAT HAS AIR, SEA AND LAND. This elite group based in Camp Pendleton is on a mock mission ... A war fought on all three fronts . NOLAN FLOYD, LANCE CORPORAL IN:33:15 WE'RE ATTACKING A MISSILE SILO ONCE WE SECURE THAT THAN WE PUSH BACK TO THE TRACKS HERE AND GO BACK TO THE SHIP. Amphibious assault vehicles deployed from the ocean.. These armored cars which are not usually stationed in Hawaii can move through water and land. Once the first wave reached the shoreline, marines lined the beach to cover their comrades as they take cover in the hills. The goal is surround this water tower where the enemy is hiding out. After a brief gun fire and some setbacks like heat exhaustion and bee stings, the team was able to secure the silo IN:43:30 WE TAKE ANY INTELLIGENCE THAT WE FIND AND RETURN BACK TO SHIP Though this was just a practice, these marines know this is crucial training. They can be called at a moments notice to provide anything from humanitarian aid to full fledge combat or even help with the conflict in Syria. IN: 44:01 THE MORE DIFFERENT AREAS WE SEE THE BETTER WE'RE READY FOR ANY COMBAT ENVIRONMENT WE'RE SENT INTO. 44:07 In: 47:40 these 2400 marines will be training in Kaneohe through the holiday weekend before moving to other locations in the Pacific. Reporting from Kaneohe Bay , CT KITV 4 News.