Marines with Force Reconnaissance Platoon, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, fast-rope from a U.S. Air Force UH-60 Sea Hawk helicopter to the flight deck of the USNS Dahl during a visit, board, search and seizure training exercise offshore of White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, Dec. 5. The VBSS training allowed Marines the opportunity to practice capturing merchant cargo ships used by weapons smugglers and pirates. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and remains the nation’s force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
111205-M-2155E-002.jpg Photo By: Capt. Caleb D. Eames

Dec 5, 2011
Marines with Force Reconnaissance Platoon, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, fast-rope from a U.S. Air Force UH-60 Sea Hawk helicopter to the flight deck of the USNS Dahl during a visit, board, search and seizure training exercise offshore of White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, Dec. 5. The VBSS training allowed Marines the opportunity to practice capturing merchant cargo ships used by weapons smugglers and pirates. 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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