May 19 2015
The Pentagon has proposed leasing the island of Pagan in the Northern Marianas for live-fire Marine amphibious warfare training, reports the Los Angeles Times.
The move is part of the overall "rebalance" in the Western Pacific.
The plans under consideration call for live-fire exercises on the 18-square-mile (47-sq-km) island at least 16 weeks a year.
Marine Corps officials say the island is the only one available with big enough beaches for large amphibious maneuvers. The...
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