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Marines with Company C., Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, disembark the USS Denver (LPD-9) here following the month-long bilateral training Exercise Balikatan in the Philippines, May 3. Balikatan, (shoulder-to-shoulder in English) is the last training evolution 1/4 will take part in before detaching from the 31st MEU and returning to their home garrison on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and remains the nation’s force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region. - Marines with Company C., Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, disembark the USS Denver (LPD-9) here following the month-long bilateral training Exercise Balikatan in the Philippines, May 3. Balikatan, (shoulder-to-shoulder in English) is the last training evolution 1/4 will take part in before detaching from the 31st MEU and returning to their home garrison on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and remains the nation’s force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.

Marines and Sailors of Combat Logistics Battalion 31 and Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 265 (Reinforced), both with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, explore the historical site of a 1942 12-inch coastal defense gun during a tour here Nov. 4, 2011. The gun was used by American and Filippino service members defending Corregidor in 1942. Service members of the 31st MEU toured Corregidor after the completion of the Amphibious Landing Exercise, designed to enhance interoperability between the military forces, continuing the allied relationship that has existed for more than half a century. - Marines and Sailors of Combat Logistics Battalion 31 and Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 265 (Reinforced), both with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, explore the historical site of a 1942 12-inch coastal defense gun during a tour here Nov. 4, 2011. The gun was used by American and Filippino service members defending Corregidor in 1942. Service members of the 31st MEU toured Corregidor after the completion of the Amphibious Landing Exercise, designed to enhance interoperability between the military forces, continuing the allied relationship that has existed for more than half a century.

1st Lt. Ramon Deleon, Amphibious Assault Vehicle platoon commander, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, directs his AAV toward the mission objective. The 31st MEU conducted a bilateral mechanized amphibious landing in partnership with the Philippine Marine Corps, allowing both Marine forces to gain shared experiences. The bilateral training advances security cooperation between the two nations and prepares the forces for potential real-world scenarios. The 31st MEU remains always ready to respond to crises, and always faithful to assist where needed. - 1st Lt. Ramon Deleon, Amphibious Assault Vehicle platoon commander, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, directs his AAV toward the mission objective. The 31st MEU conducted a bilateral mechanized amphibious landing in partnership with the Philippine Marine Corps, allowing both Marine forces to gain shared experiences. The bilateral training advances security cooperation between the two nations and prepares the forces for potential real-world scenarios. The 31st MEU remains always ready to respond to crises, and always faithful to assist where needed.

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