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U.S. Marine Corps amphibious assault vehicles head towards Mayport Beach, Fla., carrying U.S. Marines and marines from partnership nations attached to Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) 24 April 25, 2009. SPMAGTF-24 is conducting an amphibious demonstration during exercise Partnership of the Americas (POA) 2009. POA, which is being executed simultaneously with UNITAS Gold, is an annual U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South multi-national company-level combined and joint exercise that focuses on enhancing interoperability between U.S. Marines and partner-nation Marines in the areas of amphibious operations, non-combatant evacuation operations, peacekeeping and disaster relief. UNITAS Gold, a multiservice and multinational exercise, is the oldest combined exercise within the Department of Defense. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Christopher Gallagher/Released)


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Taken on April 24, 2009