Jul 14, 2013

Marines and Sailors (left) of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and crew of the USS Bonhomme Richard prepare to engage in a scrum with players of the Brisbane West Bulldogs (right) during a rugby match here, July 12. The match was orchestrated weeks prior to the units’ arrival in Australia, as a way for the service members to embrace some of the culture and build camaraderie. Over the next few weeks, the Marines and Sailors of the 31st MEU and the Amphibious Squadron 11 will conduct integrated training with their Australian counterparts in order to improve their cooperative ability to plan, communicate and conduct complex operations.

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