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31st Marine Expeditionary Unit

The only continuously forward-deployed MEU

Okinawa, Japan
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130220-M-CO500-334.JPG Photo By: Lance Cpl. Katelyn Hunter

Feb 20, 2013
Hat Yao Kingdom of Thailand - A Marine with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit drinks the blood of a king cobra during a jungle survival class taught by Royal Thai Marines as part of Cobra Gold 2013 here, Feb. 20. Drinking cobra blood is a survival technique used to maintain hydration and replenish nutrients while in the hot jungle. Cobra Gold demonstrates the resolve of the U.S. and participating nations to increase interoperability and promote security and peace throughout the Asia-Pacific region. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.


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