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Jul 23, 2013

Marines and Sailors with Company E., Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, exit MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft during the initial stages of exercise Talisman Saber 2013 here, July 20. Company G. served as the MEU’s initial ground forces by securing a beach landing site and a nearby airfield. Talisman Saber 2013 is a biennial training exercise between approximately 18,000 joint U.S. forces and approximately 9,000 Australian forces, aimed at improving combat readiness and interoperability. The 31st MEU is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness for the Asia Pacific region and the only continuously forward-deployed MEU.

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31st Marine Expeditionary Unit