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Marines hit mud flats with amphibious vehicles

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
    Lance Cpl. Oswaldo Cruz, right, drove an amphibious assault vehicle through the Nuupia Ponds Wildlife Management Area Wednesday as part of the Marines' 33rd annual Mud Operations to alleviate invasive weed growth, which helps open up the nesting area for endangered Hawaiian stilts.
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  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
    Marines used amphibious assault vehicles, which can travel 9 mph in the water and 45 mph on flat land, for Wednesday's Mud Ops exercise at the Nuupia Ponds Wildlife Management Area. After each day, the vehicles are covered with a thick coat of mud, and the Marines must clean each one.

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