certex

"Guns up."

PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 19, 2012) - Marine pilot Maj. Howard Longwell from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit waves from the cockpit of an an AV-8B Harrier jet aircraft, assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 542 on the flight deck of the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) during flight operations. The Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group (BHR ARG), along with the 31st MEU, is participating in a certification exercise (CERTEX). CERTEX is an evaluated event that focuses on the BHR ARG and 31st MEU’s capabilites of doing certain missions such as humaintarian assistance and disaster relief operations or non-combatant evacuation operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Russell)

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PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 20, 2012) - Marine pilot Maj. Howard Longwell from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, top, makes final preparations in the cockpit prior to takeoff in an AV-8B Harrier jet aircraft, assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 542 aboard the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) during flight operations. The Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group (BHR ARG), along with the 31st MEU, is participating in a certification exercise (CERTEX). CERTEX is an evaluated event that focuses on the BHR ARG and 31st MEU’s capabilites of doing certain missions such as humaintarian assistance and disaster relief operations or non-combatant evacuation operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Russell)

Shootin’ the Breeze - Marines with the Force Reconnaissance Detachment, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct a table two and three course of fire aboard the USS Makin Island during Certification Exercise (CERTEX) at Camp Pendleton, California, June 15, 2014. The 11th MEU and Amphibious Squadron 5 team conduct CERTEX to hone mission-essential tasks, execute specified MEU and Amphibious Ready Group operations, and certify the foundation of a cohesive warfighting team for exercises and operations they may encounter in their upcoming deployment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Laura Y. Raga/Released) by United States Marine Corps Official Page http://flic.kr/p/nHW1ow