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U.S. Marines and sailors participate in the M-9 pistol qualification aboard the USS Oak Hill, June 7, 2014. The Marines helped coach the sailors during the qualification.

Photo by Lance Cpl. Desire Mora

Marines, sailors aboard USS Oak Hill visit Canada

7 Jun 2014 | Lance Cpl. Dalton Precht 2nd Marine Division

Service members aboard the USS Oak Hill were underway to the historic city of Quebec to take part in the Rendezvous de Naval, June 7. Approximately 90 Marines set sail toward Canada in order to continue fostering good relations and educate the public on the Marine Corps’ amphibious relationship with the Navy and the capabilities of the Marine Air-Ground Task Force.

Lance Cpl. Tommy Parks, an embarkation specialist with 2nd Marine Logistics Group, shared his first experience on a ship with many other Marines.

“Getting used to the constant swaying and the way things work on the ship has probably been the toughest thing,” said Parks.

The Marines worked side-by-side with the ship’s personnel to ensure the trip to Quebec City was a smooth sailing one. Parks said that working alongside the sailors was a different experience for him, and that he would like the opportunity to work with them more.

Lance Cpl. Justin E. Weiss, an administrative specialist with 2nd MLG, was also among the Marines travelling with the group.

“Working alongside the Navy is different from my normal day-to-day task,” said Weiss. “The permanent personnel aboard the ship have been very job oriented and helpful during our stay aboard the ship.”

For many Marines, the last decade of training and executing missions kept their experiences confined to land locked areas of the world. The trip to Quebec City was a welcome chance for the Marines to finally return to their amphibious roots aboard the Oak Hill.

“Being in the middle of the ocean not being able to tell exactly where we are is a cool feeling all in itself,” said Weiss. “It’s a chance for me to get out of my office and to travel to a new place.”

Weiss and Parks were equally eager to both engage with the locals and explore Quebec City.

“I’m excited to see the historical parts of the city and all the buildings from around the 18th century time period,” said Parks. “I’ve always wanted to visit Quebec, so this is a one of a kind experience for me. I’ve never had an opportunity like this given to me, so I’m ready to make the most of every day.”

“I’m excited to tour the city and interact with the locals,” agreed Weiss.

The Marines made the trip to Quebec City not only to build relationships with the community there, but also to get back to their amphibious roots and give some of these Marines their first opportunity to work side-by-side with the Navy. While there, Marines will have the opportunity to interact with the public and share the inner workings of the MAGTF and what they do as Marines.