Mar 14, 2013

An aviation boatswain’s mate (handling) with Amphibious Squadron 11 guides an MV-22 Osprey helicopter from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 on to the flight deck here, March 14. As one of the rotating squadrons of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, VMM-265 must maintain proficiency in landing on the deck of a moving ship. The 31st MEU is currently deployed with Amphibious Squadron 11, conducting their semi-annual Certification Exercise. CERTEX is designed to test the MEU’s wide range of capabilities, ensuring their readiness for any contingency that may occur in the region. The 31st MEU is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness for the Asia-Pacific region and the only continuously forward-deployed MEU.

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