Mar 23, 2013

Marines and Sailors from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit stage their gear outside of the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) after returning from the annual Spring Patrol here, March 21. During the deployment, the Marines and Sailors participated in exercise Cobra Gold 2013 to improve interoperability with allied nations and increase regional security within the Asia-Pacific region. The unit also conducted its semiannual Certification Exercise, an event designed to ensure the 31st MEU maintains proficiency in its full spectrum of capabilities for real-world operations. 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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