- Associated Press - Friday, May 12, 2017

NAVAL BASE GUAM (AP) - The Latest on military exercises being held on Guam (all times local):

11:30 a.m.

Japanese troops are expected to practice landing on a beach with rubber crafts during amphibious military exercises on the U.S. Pacific island of Guam.

U.S. 3rd Marine Division spokesman 1st Lt. Joshua Hays says the exercises were moving ahead Saturday.

U.S. Marines were initially planning to hold live-fire training with French troops on Saturday, but that’s been rescheduled for Sunday. On Friday, the drills were suspended after a French landing craft ran aground.

The weeklong drills involve U.S., British, French and Japanese troops. They’re intended to show support for the free passage of vessels in international waters amid concerns China may restrict access to the South China Sea.

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10 a.m.

Amphibious military exercises on the U.S. Pacific island of Guam are moving ahead as scheduled a day after being suspended when a French landing craft ran aground.

U.S. 3rd Marine Division spokesman 1st Lt. Joshua Hays said Saturday Japanese soldiers will practice rubber craft raids. U.S. Marines plan to conduct live-fire training with French troops and hold an urban terrain exercise.

The weeklong drills involve U.S., British, French and Japanese troops. They’re intended to show support for the free passage of vessels in international waters amid concerns China may restrict access to the South China Sea.

But on Friday the drills came to a halt when a French landing craft ran aground just offshore.

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