31st MEU Media Gallery
Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion (CLB) 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), attach a tire load to an MV22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 (Reinforced) during a helicopter support team (HST) training exercise at Kin Blue, Okinawa, Japan, June 18, 2020. The HST training was conducted to increase proficiencies in logistics tasks and enhance the ability to execute external lifts.
Lance Cpl. Carl Vanpetten, a military working dog handler with 3rd Law Enforcement Battalion (LEB), and Corado, a military working dog, patrol during a training exercise at Kin Blue, Okinawa, Japan, June 11, 2020. Corado is a patrol explosion detection dog (PEDD). PEDDs are used for their scouting abilities to sniff out explosives during patrols.
An Amphibious Reconnaissance Marine with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit checks another Marine’s gear prior to conducting hydrographic surveying for ship-to-shore operations on Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan, June 22, 2020.
Amy Fisher, one of the women who helped make masks for the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Marines, sews masks at Camp Butler, Okinawa, Japan, April 24, 2020. Twelve women prepared 228 masks, spending 230 hours shopping for material, then cutting, sewing and assembling the masks for the Marines. The 31st MEU, the Marine Corps' only continuously forward-deployed MEU, provides a flexible and lethal force ready to perform a wide range of military operations as the premier crisis response force in the Indo-Pacific region. (Courtesy photo by Kristen Brodie)
A Force Reconnaissance Marine with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Maritime Raid Force draws his M45A1 service pistol during a modified qualification as part of a close-quarters tactics range on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, May 11, 2020. The 31st MEU, the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward-deployed MEU, provides a flexible and lethal force ready to perform a wide range of military operations as the premier crisis response force in the Indo-Pacific region. (Official U.S Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Isaac Cantrell)
PHILIPPINE SEA (Feb. 4, 2020) Cpl. Andrew Richter, a military working dog handler, and Jack-Jack, a military working dog, with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit’s (MEU) Maritime Raid Force provide security for their fellow Marines during a visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) full mission profile aboard the Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42). VBSS incorporates air, ground and surface combat assets from across the Blue-Green team to quickly interdict adversary ships at sea. Germantown, part of the America Expeditionary Strike Group, 31st MEU team, is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with allies and partners and serve as a ready response force to defend peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joshua Sechser)
Cpl. Michael Cenci (middle left), a force reconnaissance Marine with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit's Maritime Raid Force and a native of Malvern, Pennsylvania, holds a Reconnaissance Foundation flag at Hat Yao, Kingdom of Thailand, March 5, 2020, following the completion of Exercise Cobra Gold 2020. Cobra Gold 20 was the largest theater security cooperation exercise in the Indo-Pacific region and an integral part of the U.S. commitment to strengthen engagement in the region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Isaac Cantrell)
SOUTH CHINA SEA (April 21, 2020) Marines with Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), load onto an MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), during a combat mission rehearsal aboard amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6). The Osprey is a long-range troop transport aircraft that can be deployed at a moment’s notice, enabling the Blue-Green team to rapidly respond to crises. America, flagship of the America Expeditionary Strike Group, 31st MEU team, is operating in the U.S 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with allies and partners and serve as a ready response force to defend peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. (Marine Corps photo by Sgt Audrey M. C. Rampton)
SOUTH CHINA SEA (April 18, 2020) An F-35B Lightning II fighter aircraft with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), prepares to land on the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) during flight operations. Marines and Sailors aboard the America regularly conduct flight operations while underway to maintain their readiness to respond to contingencies. America, flagship of the America Expeditionary Strike Group, 31st MEU team, is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with allies and partners and serve as a ready response force to defend peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Audrey M. C. Rampton)
Cpl. Colby Jones , a forward observer with Bravo Company, Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), practices marksmanship fundamentals from the kneeling position with an M16A4 service rifle on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, May 7, 2020. The 31st MEU, the Marine Corps' only continuously forward-deployed MEU, provides a flexible and lethal force ready to perform a wide range of military operations as the premier crisis response force in the Indo-Pacific region. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joshua Brittenham)
Force Reconnaissance Marines with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Maritime Raid Force fire their M4A1 service rifles during a modified qualification as part of a close-quarters tactics range on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, May 11, 2020. The 31st MEU, the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward-deployed MEU, provides a flexible and lethal force ready to perform a wide range of military operations as the premier crisis response force in the Indo-Pacific region. (Official U.S Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Isaac Cantrell)
EAST CHINA SEA (April 28, 2020) A Marine with Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), climbs down a cargo net during a tactical debarkation rehearsal from amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6). The exercise served as a proof of concept for the Blue-Green team to demonstrate proficiency in a proven, reliable method of amphibious debarkation. The ability to rapidly debark from an amphibious assault ship to surface connectors provides the 31st MEU a reliable way to move forces ashore in support of amphibious operations. America, flagship of the America Expeditionary Strike Group, 31st MEU team, is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with allies and partners and serve as a ready response force to defend peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Audrey M. C. Rampton)
A U.S. Marine with Alpha Company, Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, sets security in front of an assault amphibious vehicle during an amphibious assault rehearsal for Cobra Gold 2020 at Hat Yao Beach, Kingdom of Thailand, Feb. 27, 2020. Exercise Cobra Gold 20, in its 39th iteration, is designed to advance regional security and ensure effective responses to regional crises by bringing together multinational forces to address shared goals and security commitments in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Audrey M. C. Rampton)
A Royal Thai Marine showcases a cobra to U.S. Marines with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit during jungle survival training at Camp Lotawin, Kingdom of Thailand, March 4, 2020, as part of exercise Cobra Gold 2020. Exercise Cobra Gold 20, in its 39th iteration, is designed to advance regional security and ensure effective responses to regional crises by bringing together multinational forces to address shared goals and security commitments in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Isaac Cantrell)
PACIFIC OCEAN (March 3, 2020) Sgt. Raymond Ramirez, a section leader, supervises Lance Cpl. Jerry Vanzuuk, an assault man, both with Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), while conducting a mounted machine gun range on a Joint Light Tactical Vehicle aboard the Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship USS Germantown. Germantown, part of the America Expeditionary Strike Group, 31st MEU team, is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with allies and partners and serve as a ready response force to defend peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joshua Sechser)
A Royal Thai Marine fires a Shoulder-Launched Multipurpose Assault Weapon during exercise Cobra Gold 2020 at Ban Chan Krem, Chanthaburi, Kingdom of Thailand, March 5, 2020. Exercise Cobra Gold 20, in its 39th iteration, is designed to advance regional security and ensure effective responses to regional crises by bringing together multinational forces to address shared goals and security commitments in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Kolby Leger)
U.S. Marines with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and Royal Thai Marines jump out of the back of a CH-53 Super Stallion helicopter with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 265 (Reinforced), 31st MEU, during helocast training in Hat Yao, Kingdom of Thailand, March 5, 2020, as part of exercise Cobra Gold 2020. Exercise Cobra Gold 20, in its 39th iteration, is designed to advance regional security and ensure effective responses to regional crises by bringing together multinational forces to address shared goals and security commitments in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Isaac Cantrell)
Lance Cpl. Ashley Breed, a satellite communications operator with Combat Logistics Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, receives the Navy and Marine Corps achievement medal at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 4, 2019. The 31st MEU, the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward-deployed MEU, provides a flexible and lethal force ready to perform a wide range of military operations as the premier crisis response force in the Indo-Pacific region.
Marines with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit's Maritime Raid Force provide security during a no-notice flyaway Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear response exercise on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 31, 2019.
Marines with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit patrol to the objective during a no-notice flyaway Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear response exercise on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 31, 2019.
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