An Av-8B Harrier with Marine Attack Squadron 214, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, prepares for takeoff during night operations aboard USS Essex (LHD 2), Oct. 1. Night operations were being conducted in preparation for the MEU’s upcoming certification exercise. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and remains the nation’s force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
111001-M-0000W-003.jpg Photo By: Cpl. Garry J. Welch

Oct 1, 2011
An Av-8B Harrier with Marine Attack Squadron 214, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, prepares for takeoff during night operations aboard USS Essex (LHD 2), Oct. 1. Night operations were being conducted in preparation for the MEU’s upcoming certification exercise. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and remains the nation’s force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.


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