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US Marine Corps (USMC) Marines, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment and their AAV7A1 Assault Amphibian Vehicles (AAV) land on the beach following a mechanized raid in support of exercise Rim of the Pacific 2004 (RIMPAC 2004). RIMPAC is the largest international maritime exercise in the waters around the Hawaiian Islands. This years exercise includes seven participating nations; Australia, Canada, Chile, Japan, South Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States. RIMPAC is intended to enhance the tactical proficiency of participating units in a wide array of combined operations at sea, while enhancing stability in the Pacific Rim region.