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BATU BEACH, Malaysia (June 21, 2013) - U.S. Marines with 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, return to the U.S.S. Tortuga in Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAV) after amphibious assault training with Malaysian Army soldier during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Malaysia 2013. More than 1,200 Sailors and Marines are participating in CARAT Malaysia 2013. U.S. Navy ships participating in CARAT Malaysia include the guided missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) with embarked Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7 staff, the amphibious dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD 46) with embarked U.S. Marine Corps landing force, the diving and salvage vessel USNS Safeguard (T-ARS 50) with embarked Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 1, and the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) with embarked MH-60R helicopter. CARAT is a series of bilateral military exercises between the U.S. Navy and the armed forces of Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Timor Leste. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. John C. Lamb / RELEASED)

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Taken on June 21, 2013