Mar 21, 2014

Marines and sailors with Company G, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, attack hostile forces during a night raid at Ie Shima airfield, Mar. 17. MV-22 Osprey and CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st MEU, transported the BLT from the ship to an objective area on the island. The assault force hiked a mile from the landing zone to conduct a raid against the enemy insurgents role-played by other Marines. Using infantry tactics and overwhelming firepower, the BLT seized the airfield for future operations as part of a training scenario. The 31st MEU is currently conducting its Certification Exercise alongside Amphibious Squadron 11 while deployed for its regularly scheduled Spring Patrol.

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