31st MEU

Marines assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) offload gear from a landing craft air cushion (LCAC) assigned to Naval Beach Unit (NBU) 7 for a combined amphibious assault during Talisman Saber 17. Talisman Saber is a biennial U.S.- Australia exercise held off the coast of Australia meant to achieve interoperability and strengthen the U.S.- Australia alliance. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sarah Villegas/Released)

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Last set of photos on my company on deployment.

U.S. Marines with Company F, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), conduct an amphibious assault with soldiers of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) as part of the Japanese Observer Exchange Program at Kin Blue, Okinawa, Japan, April 28, 2015. The JGSDF was integrated with the 31st MEU in order to better understand amphibious operations. 

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Richard Currier/ released) 

Evening Quickie #soldierporn: Riding off into the sunset.

Marines and Sailors with Company E., Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, board a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st MEU, for a raid rehearsal as a part of Talisman Saber 2013. Talisman Saber 2013 is a biennial training activity aimed at improving Australian Defense Force and U.S. combat readiness and interoperability as a Combined Joint Task Force. The 31st MEU is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region and the only continuously deployed MEU.

(Photo by Cpl Codey Underwood, 17 JUL 2013.)

U.S. Marines with Force Reconnaissance Platoon, Command Element, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) board a MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter

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A CH-53 Super Stallion assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) takes off from the flight deck of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20). Green Bay is in the Indian Ocean participating in Talisman Sabre 2015. Talisman Sabre is a bilateral exercise intended to train Australian and U.S. forces in planning and conducting combined task force operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Derek A. Harkins/Released)

An amphibious assault vehicle assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) departs the well deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42)

Sailors aboard amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) help recover Combat Rubber Raiding Crafts (CRRC) attached to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) in the ship’s well deck.

A Naval Aircrewman awaits takeoff on an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 aboard the   amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). Bonhomme Richard is the lead ship of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and, along with the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU), is underway in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kevin V. Cunningham (Released)  

Marines assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) enter an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat (HSC) Squadron 25 on the flight deck of the Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48).

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CAMP HANSEN, OKINAWA, Japan – Marines execute fast-rope techniques out of a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter Jan. 8 at a landing zone on Camp Hansen. “It’s important for the Marines to be comfortable with their gear when coming down (the rope),” said 
Sgt. Gregory J. Dominguez. “In hostile environments, they can’t be scared to come down from the helicopter. They have to be focused.” Dominguez is a machine gun section leader with 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, currently assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, III Marine Expeditionary Force, under the unit deployment program. The Marines are with 2nd Bn., 5th Marines, and the helicopter and crew are with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463, currently assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st MEU, under the UDP. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Natalie M. Rostran/Released)

Marines and sailors with Company E, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, board a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st MEU, for a raid rehearsal as a part of Talisman Saber 2013, here, July 17. Talisman Saber 2013 is a biennial training activity aimed at improving Australian Defense Force and U.S. combat readiness and interoperability as a Combined Joint Task Force. The 31st MEU is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region and the only continuously deployed MEU.

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl Codey Underwood / Released)

Boat Company tests raider mission capabilities by United States Marine Corps Official Page on Flickr.

CAMP SCHWAB, Okinawa—Marines with Fox Company, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, lay in the floor boards on their combat rubber raiding craft near Kin Blue beach here July 13. The Marines assembled the boats in preparation for an upcoming night raid. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Mark W. Stroud/Released)

Sgt. Joshua Garcia, squad leader for 2nd squad, 2nd platoon, Company F, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and naitive of Victorville, Calif., and Sergeant 1st Class Yoshimitsu Shintomi, squad leader and coxon with 1st Company, 51st Infantry Regiment, 15th Brigade, Western Army, Japan Ground Self-Defense Force and native of Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan, hold security next to combat rubber raiding craft during their integrated amphibious raid.

Working alongside the 31st MEU, the Japanese soldiers conducted various amphibious-borne training evolutions aimed at strengthening both militaries’ interoperability. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.

(Photo by Corporal Jonathan Wright, 22 SEP 2012.)

A Marine with the Force Reconnaissance Platoon, Maritime Raid Force, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, fast ropes out of a MV-22 Osprey aircraft on to the elevator below the flight deck Aug. 10. The Marines and Sailors hone their skills by executing the training from the back of a stationary aircraft before descending from an aircraft in motion. 31st MEU is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region and is the only continuously forward deployed MEU.

(U.S.Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Codey Underwood/Released)