Marines and Sailors with Company B., Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, and Marines from the Philippine Marine Corps salute the flag while the U.S. and Philippine national anthems play during the opening ceremony of exercise Balikatan 2013 here, April 7. Now in its 29th iteration, this exercise gives U.S Marines the opportunity to train alongside their Philippine counterparts and become more familiar with the Pacific jungle environment. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
130409-M-FF989-007.JPG Photo By: Cpl. Codey R. Underwood

Apr 12, 2013
Ternate - Marines and Sailors with Company B., Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, and Marines from the Philippine Marine Corps salute the flag while the U.S. and Philippine national anthems play during the opening ceremony of exercise Balikatan 2013 here, April 7. Now in its 29th iteration, this exercise gives U.S Marines the opportunity to train alongside their Philippine counterparts and become more familiar with the Pacific jungle environment. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.


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