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31st Marine Expeditionary Unit

The only continuously forward-deployed MEU

Okinawa, Japan
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Staff Sgt. Cameron H. Depue, a crew chief with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, and a native of Locustgrowth, Va., scans the ocean from the back of an MV-22 Osprey during search and rescue operations in response to the sunken ferry Sewol off the coast of the Republic of Korea, April 21. The 31st MEU and Amphibious Squadron 11 (PHIBRON) had just completed participation in exercise Ssang Yong ’14 and were roughly 100 nautical miles away when they were tasked to respond to the incident April 16.  The 31st MEU and PHIBRON 11 provide a forward deployed maritime contingency response force capable of conducting a wide range of amphibious operations in the Asia-Pacific region.
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An MV-22 Osprey with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, prepares to take off from the flight deck of the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) during search and rescue operations in response to the sunken ferry Sewol off the coast of the Republic of Korea, April 21. The 31st MEU and Amphibious Squadron 11 (PHIBRON) had just completed participation in exercise Ssang Yong ’14 and were roughly 100 nautical miles away when they were tasked to respond to the incident April 16.  The 31st MEU and PHIBRON 11 provide a forward deployed maritime contingency response force capable of conducting a wide range of amphibious operations in the Asia-Pacific region.
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Staff Sgt. Cameron H. Depue, a crew chief with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, and a native of Locustgrowth, Va., sits on the back of an MV-22 Osprey as it departs from the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) during search and rescue operations in response to the sunken ferry Sewol off the coast of the Republic of Korea, April 21. The 31st MEU and Amphibious Squadron 11 (PHIBRON) had just completed participation in exercise Ssang Yong ’14 and were roughly 100 nautical miles away when they were tasked to respond to the incident April 16.  The 31st MEU and PHIBRON 11 provide a forward deployed maritime contingency response force capable of conducting a wide range of amphibious operations in the Asia-Pacific region.
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The Dokdo (LPH-6111), an amphibious ship from the Republic of Korea's Navy, assists in search and rescue operations in response to the sunken ferry Sewol off the coast of the Republic of Korea, April 20, 2014.  The Republic of Korea U.S. sailors and Marines aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) with Amphibious Squadron 11 (PHIBRON) and the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) are currently working side-by-side during the search and rescue efforts. The 31st MEU and PHIBRON 11 had just completed participation in exercise Ssang Yong ’14 and were roughly 100 nautical miles away when they were tasked to respond to the incident April 16.  The 31st MEU and PHIBRON 11 provide a forward deployed maritime contingency response force capable of conducting a wide range of amphibious operations in the Asia-Pacific region.
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An MV-22 Osprey with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, conducts search and rescue operations in response to the sunken ferry Sewol off the coast of the Republic of Korea, April 21. The 31st MEU and Amphibious Squadron 11 (PHIBRON) had just completed participation in exercise Ssang Yong ’14 and were roughly 100 nautical miles away when they were tasked to respond to the incident April 16.  The 31st MEU and PHIBRON 11 provide a forward deployed maritime contingency response force capable of conducting a wide range of amphibious operations in the Asia-Pacific region.
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An MV-22 Osprey with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, conducts search and rescue operations in response to the sunken ferry Sewol off the coast of the Republic of Korea, April 21. The 31st MEU and Amphibious Squadron 11 (PHIBRON) had just completed participation in exercise Ssang Yong ’14 and were roughly 100 nautical miles away when they were tasked to respond to the incident April 16.  The 31st MEU and PHIBRON 11 provide a forward deployed maritime contingency response force capable of conducting a wide range of amphibious operations in the Asia-Pacific region.
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Staff Sgt. Cameron H. Depue, a crew chief with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, and a native of Locustgrowth, Va., scans the ocean from the back of an MV-22 Osprey during search and rescue operations in response to the sunken ferry Sewol off the coast of the Republic of Korea, April 21. The 31st MEU and Amphibious Squadron 11 (PHIBRON) had just completed participation in exercise Ssang Yong ’14 and were roughly 100 nautical miles away when they were tasked to respond to the incident April 16.  The 31st MEU and PHIBRON 11 provide a forward deployed maritime contingency response force capable of conducting a wide range of amphibious operations in the Asia-Pacific region.
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An MV-22 Osprey with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, conducts search and rescue operations in response to the sunken ferry Sewol off the coast of the Republic of Korea, April 21. The 31st MEU and Amphibious Squadron 11 (PHIBRON) had just completed participation in exercise Ssang Yong ’14 and were roughly 100 nautical miles away when they were tasked to respond to the incident April 16.  The 31st MEU and PHIBRON 11 provide a forward deployed maritime contingency response force capable of conducting a wide range of amphibious operations in the Asia-Pacific region.
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Corporal Navarrete Angle and Lance Cpl. Justin Ranum, both crew chiefs with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) take off from the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) in an MV-22 Osprey during search and rescue operations for survivors of the sunken ferry Sewol off the coast of the Republic of Korea, April 20, 2014. The 31st MEU and Amphibious Squadron 11 (PHIBRON) were conducting routine training in support of their regularly scheduled spring patrol roughly 100 nautical miles away when they were tasked to respond to the incident April 16. The 31st MEU and PHIBRON 11 provide a forward deployed maritime contingency response force capable of conducting a wide range of operations in the Asia-Pacific region.
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Lance Cpl. Derek Levi, a crew chief with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), prepares an MV-22 Osprey for take off aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) during search and rescue operations for survivors of the sunken ferry Sewol off the coast of the Republic of Korea, April 20, 2014. The 31st MEU and Amphibious Squadron 11 (PHIBRON) were conducting routine training in support of their regularly scheduled spring patrol roughly 100 nautical miles away when they were tasked to respond to the incident April 16. The 31st MEU and PHIBRON 11 provide a forward deployed maritime contingency response force capable of conducting a wide range of operations in the Asia-Pacific region.
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Lance Cpl. Derek Levi, a crew chief with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced) attached to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), conducts search and rescue operations for survivors of the sunken ferry Sewol off the coast of the Republic of Korea, April 20, 2014. The 31st MEU and Amphibious Squadron 11 (PHIBRON) were conducting routine training in support of their regularly scheduled spring patrol roughly 100 nautical miles away when they were tasked to respond to the incident April 16. The 31st MEU and PHIBRON 11 provide a forward deployed maritime contingency response force capable of conducting a wide range of operations in the Asia-Pacific region.
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Republic of Korea ships conduct search and rescue operations for survivors of the sunken ferry Sewol off the coast of the Republic of Korea, April 20, 2014. The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and Amphibious Squadron 11 (PHIBRON) were conducting routine training in support of their regularly scheduled spring patrol roughly 100 nautical miles away when they were tasked to respond to the incident April 16. The 31st MEU and PHIBRON 11 provide a forward deployed maritime contingency response force capable of conducting a wide range of operations in the Asia-Pacific region.
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Sergeant Orin Sanford, a crew chief with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, and a native of Jefferson City, Mo., looks out the side door of a UH-1Y Huey after taking off from the flight deck of the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) to provide assistance to the Commander, Republic of Korea Fleet’s efforts surrounding the sunken ferry Sewol off the coast of the Republic of Korea, April 18. The 31st MEU and Amphibious Squadron 11 (PHIBRON) had just completed participation in Exercise SSang Yong ‘14 and were roughly 100 nautical miles away when they were tasked to respond to the incident April 16. The 31st MEU and PHIBRON 11 provide a forward-deployed maritime contingency response force capable of conducting a wide variety of operations in the Asia-Pacific region.
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Humvees fire their turret-mounted M240B and M2 .50 caliber machine guns in support of maneuvering forces during a combined arms, live-fire exercise (CALFEX) as part of Exercise Ssang Yong 2014 (SY14) here, April 4. The CALFEX incorporated all aspects of a Marine Air-Ground Task Force, sending a company of Marines into assault with direct fire support from AH-1W Super Cobra and UH-1Y Huey helicopters, AAV’s, Light Armored Vehicle-25’s and M777A1 Lightweight Howitzers. SY14 is conducted annually in the Republic of Korea to enhance interoperability between U.S. and ROK forces by performing a full spectrum of amphibious operations, while showcasing sea-based power projection in the Asia-Pacific. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jonathan G. Wright)
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Marines with Company E., Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, Regimental Landing Team 31, 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade, advance on their targets during a combined arms, live-fire exercise (CALFEX) as part of Exercise Ssang Yong 2014 (SY14) here, April 4. The CALFEX incorporated all aspects of a Marine Air-Ground Task Force, sending a company of Marines into assault with direct fire support from AH-1W Super Cobra and UH-1Y Huey helicopters, AAV’s, Light Armored Vehicle-25’s and M777A1 Lightweight Howitzers. SY14 is conducted annually in the Republic of Korea to enhance interoperability between U.S. and ROK forces by performing a full spectrum of amphibious operations, while showcasing sea-based power projection in the Asia-Pacific. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jonathan G. Wright)
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Marines with Company E., Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, Regimental Landing Team 31, 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade, launch a 60mm mortar during a combined arms, live-fire exercise (CALFEX) as part of Exercise Ssang Yong 2014 (SY14) here, April 4. The CALFEX incorporated all aspects of a Marine Air-Ground Task Force, sending a company of Marines into assault with direct fire support from AH-1W Super Cobra and UH-1Y Huey helicopters, AAV’s, Light Armored Vehicle-25’s and M777A1 Lightweight Howitzers. SY14 is conducted annually in the Republic of Korea to enhance interoperability between U.S. and ROK forces by performing a full spectrum of amphibious operations, while showcasing sea-based power projection in the Asia-Pacific. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jonathan G. Wright) 
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