31st Marine Expeditionary Unit

 

31st Marine Expeditionary Unit

The only continuously forward-deployed MEU

Okinawa, Japan
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Marines and Japanese service members load supplies into MV-22B Ospreys with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit in Japan Ground Self Defense Force Takayumaru Camp April 18, 2016. The supplies are in support of the relief effort after a series of earthquakes struck the island of Kyushu. The 31st MEU is the only continually forward-deployed MEU and remains the Marine Corps' force-in-readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
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U.S. Marines and Japanese service members load supplies into MV-22B Osprey, assigned to the Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, in Japan Ground Self Defense Force Takayumaru Camp April 18, 2016. The supplies were in support of the relief effort after a series of earthquakes struck the island of Kyushu.
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U.S. Marines with Alpha Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct a combined amphibious assault on Dogu Beach, South Korea, in AAV-P7/A1 Amphibious Assault Vehicles as part of Ssang Yong 16, March 12, 2016.  Ssang Yong is a biennial combined amphibious exercise conducted by U.S. forces with the Republic of Korea Navy and Marine Corps, Australian Army and Royal New Zealand Army Forces in order to strengthen interoperability and working relationships across a wide range of military operations. The Marines and Sailors of the 31st MEU are in Korea as part of their spring deployment to the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Carl King Jr./Released)
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An Air Force joint terminal attack controller participates in a raid conducted by Maritime Raid Force, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, Dec. 14, 2015. The JTAC acted as the eyes on the ground for aircraft supporting the raid. The raid was part of Interoperability Exercise 16.1, an exercise used to build a working bond between MRF and the MEU quickly. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Thor J. Larson/Released)
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U.S. ships from the Boxer and Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Groups sail with the Dokdo Amphibious Ready Group from the Republic of Korea as part of Ssang Yong 16, March 8, 2016. Ssang Yong is a biennial military exercise focused on strengthening the amphibious landing capabilities of the Republic of Korea, the U.S., New Zealand and Australia. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Darien J. Bjorndal, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit/Released)
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U.S. ships from the Boxer and Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Groups sail with the Dokdo Amphibious Ready Group from the Republic of Korea during Ssang Yong 2016, at sea, March 8, 2016. The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps team are committed to the ROK-U.S. alliance and conduct exercises regularly to ensure interoperability and maintain strong working relationships.  Ssang Yong familiarizes American armed forces with the Korean Peninsula and builds upon the strong preexisting relationship between the two militaries. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Darien J. Bjorndal, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit/ Released)
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U.S. Marine Cpl. Christopher Lee, with Alpha Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, uses hand signals to communicate with other AAV-P7/A1 Amphibious Assault Vehicles while conducting a combined amphibious assault on Dogu Beach, South Korea, as part of Ssang Yong 16, March 12, 2016. Ssang Yong is a biennial combined amphibious exercise conducted by U.S. forces with the Republic of Korea Navy and Marine Corps, Australian Army and Royal New Zealand Army forces in order to strengthen interoperability and working relationships across a wide range of military operations. The Marines and sailors of the 31st MEU are in Korea as part of their spring deployment to the Asia-Pacific region. Lee, a native of Haslet, Texas, is a crew chief with Alpha Co., BLT 1/5,31st MEU. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Carl King Jr./Released)
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The USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) sails with U.S. Navy ships from the Boxer and Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Groups as well as the Republic of Korea Navy ships of the Dokdo Amphibious Ready Group from the Republic of Korea as part of Ssang Yong 2016, March 8, 2016. Ssang Yong is a biennial military exercise focused on strengthening the amphibious landing capabilities of the Republic of Korea, the U.S., New Zealand and Australia. The Marines and sailors of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit are currently embarked on the ships of the Bonhomme Richard ARG for their spring deployment to the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Darien J. Bjorndal, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit/ Released)
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U.S., Thai, and Republic of Korea Marines conduct Special Patrol Insertion/Extraction (SPIE) rigging exercise during Cobra Gold 16, Sattahip, Thailand, Feb. 12, 2016.  SPIE system was developed as a means to rapidly insert and/or extract a reconnaissance patrol from an area that does not permit a helicopter to land.  Cobra Gold, in its 35th iteration, is designed to advance regional security and ensure effective responses to regional security crises by bringing together a robust combined task force from partner nations sharing common goals and security commitments in the Indo-Asia-Pacific.  (Photo by GySgt Ismael Pena/Released)
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U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. David Belgard drives an AAV-P7/A1 Amphibious Assault Vehicle through the water during an amphibious assault at Fog Bay, Australia, July 11, 2015. The Marines with Echo Company, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, and Australians with Combat Team Bravo, 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, assaulted the beach and moved inland to secure additional objectives as part of Talisman Sabre 2015.  Talisman Sabre is a biennial exercise designed to improve the interoperability between Australian and U.S. forces. The 31st MEU is taking part in the exercise while deployed on its regularly scheduled Fall Patrol of the Asia-Pacific region. Belgard, a native of Huffman, Texas, is an AAV crew chief with Echo Co., BLT 2/5, 31st MEU. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Zachary Dyer/Released)
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Two Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, walk out to a UH-1Y Huey as it comes in for a landing at Landing Zone Nackaroo at Bradshaw Field Training Area, Australia, July 18, 2015. The MEU's Aviation Combat Element provided close air support to the Marines on the ground during live-fire training as part of Talisman Sabre 2015. Talisman Sabre is a biennial exercise designed to improve the interoperability between Australian and U.S. forces. The 31st MEU participated in the exercise while deployed on its regularly scheduled Fall Patrol of the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Zachary Dyer/Released)
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Reconnaissance Marines close with their targets while firing during a close quarters tactics training evolution aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), Aug. 10, 2015. The Marines with Force Reconnaissance Platoon, Maritime Raid Force, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, combined fast-roping with live-fire training, all while wearing M50 gas masks. The Marines of FRP provide the 31st MEU with a specialized direct action force. The 31st MEU is currently on a regularly scheduled deployment to the Asia-Pacific region.  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Zachary Dyer/Released)
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U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Chance Seckenger with Company F, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), rides in a Combat Rubber Raiding Craft  during launch and recovery drills from the well deck of the USS Green Bay (LPD-20), at sea, July 9, 2015. Talisman Sabre is a major bilateral exercise that enhances the combat readiness and interoperability of U.S. and Australian forces across a range of military operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Brian Bekkala/Released)
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U.S. Marines fire an M777A2 155 mm lightweight howitzer during a fire mission at Bradshaw Field Training Area, Australia, July 17, 2015. Marines with Echo Battery, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit conducted daily artillery fire missions in support of the rest of the BLT during Talisman Sabre 2015. Talisman Sabre is a major bilateral exercise that enhances the combat readiness and interoperability of U.S. and Australian forces across a range of military operations. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by GySgt Ismael Pena/Released)
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Lance Cpl. Sephen Hardy removes his magazine during a fire and movement drill at Bradshaw Field Training Area, Australia, July 15, 2015. The Marines with Golf Company, Battlalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit conducted live-fire training as part of Talisman Sabre 2015. Talisman Sabre is a major bilateral exercise that enhances the combat readiness and interoperability of U.S. and Australian forces across a range of military operations. The 31st MEU participated in the exercise while deployed on its regularly scheduled Fall Patrol of the Asia-Pacific region. Hardy, a native of Evergreen, Colorado, is a machine gunner with Golf Co., BLT 2/5, 31st MEU. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Abbey Perria/RELEASED)
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U.S. Marines with Fox Company, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), and Japanese Ground Self Defense Force Soldiers from the Western Army Regiment, establish communication during an amphibious assault on stingray beach, Australia, July 11, 2015. Talisman Sabre is a major bilateral exercise that enhances the combat readiness and interoperability of U.S. and Australian forces across a range of military operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Brian Bekkala/Released)
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