31st MEU

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.)

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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) 

Despite this site’s name, we’re equal opportunity aviation lovers around here. The odd rotary-wing craft sneaks in now and again.

A crew chief for a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, waits next to his aircraft after landing aboard the USS Denver at sea, March 29, 2014. The aircraft picked up the Marines with the 31st MEU’s Amphibious Reconnaissance Platoon to participate in Exercise SSang Yong 2014. This training shows the interoperability of the Republic of Korea and U.S. forces and demonstrates their abilities to conduct amphibious operations and exercise expeditionary capabilities. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Brian Bekkala/Released)

130822-N-KE519-040 by U.S. Pacific Fleet on Flickr.

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CORAL SEA (Aug. 22, 2013) Members of the Force Reconnaissance Platoon (FRP), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU), conduct a small-arms live-fire exercise on the port aircraft elevator aboard forward deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). Bonhomme Richard is the flagship of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 31st MEU, is currently conducting routine joint-force operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Edward Guttierrez III/Released)

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Australian Army soldiers from 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment and marines from the United States 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit departed Fog Bay, Northern Territory on 13 July having completed the amphibious assault phase of Exercise Talisman Sabre 2015 (EX TS15).

The soldiers and marines, departing on buses and United States Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey aircraft, will now begin the final phase of the exercise being live fire activities in Bradshaw Field Training Area (BFTA).

The live fire activities will occur over 15 – 18 July with the closing ceremony for EX TS15 scheduled for 20 July.

I wish I could have went with 2/5 when the releived us in Oki. Talisman Saber looks like the tits.

Water Warrior

A Marine with Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, uses his Supplemental Emergency Breathing Device prior to escaping the simulated helicopter seat during Shallow Water Egress Training at the Camp Hansen pool. The training allows the Marines to competently use their breathing devices and escape a submerged helicopter. The 31st MEU is the Marine Corps’ force of choice for the Asia-Pacific region and is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU.

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Andrew Kuppers/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)

130306-N-DU438-113 by U.S. Pacific Fleet on Flickr.

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LUZON STRAIT (March 6, 2013) Staff Sgt. Daniel Sigala, assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), fires an M110 semi-automatic sniper rifle from the fantail of the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). The Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group, currently on deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations, is conducting amphibious integration training (AIT) and is scheduled to participate in a certification exercise (CERTEX) upon completion of AIT. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Betsy Knapper/Released)

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Marines assigned to 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) enter the well deck of the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) on a Combat Raiding Rubber Craft (CRRC). Bonhomme Richard is lead ship of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group, and with the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), is conducting joint force operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility. 
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jerome D. Johnson/Released)

Talisman Sabre 2011 by United States Marine Corps Official Page on Flickr.

A Marine with Company G, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, exits an amphibious assault vehicle during a mock mechanized assault July 19, during Talisman Sabre 2011. TS11 is the largest joint military exercise undertaken by the Australian Defence Force. Around 14,000 U.S. and 9,000 Australian personnel will participate. TS11 provides an opportunity to conduct operations in a combined and joint environment that will increase both countries’ bilateral war-fighting capabilities to respond to crisis and to provide humanitarian assistance. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and remains the nation’s force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.

Standby… Targets! by United States Marine Corps Official Page on Flickr.

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U.S. Marines with Command Element, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, fire assault rifles at intended targets on the flight deck of the USS Bonhomme-Richard during live fire training, September 16, 2013. The 31st MEU regularly performs live fire training to improve tactical skills and maintain the readiness of the 31st MEU during it’s summer deployment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Michael S. Oxton/Released)

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Playing in the woods.

Staff Sgt. Bryan Robbins, platoon sergeant for 3rd Platoon, Company G, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, calls for mortar support during a live-fire exercise.

Following the conclusion of Exercise Hamel 2012, the Marines of Co. G. engaged in movement to contact drills, using what they learned from living in a woodland environment for the past three weeks.

Exercise Hamel 2012 is a multi-national training evolution between the U.S. Marine Corps, Australian Army and New Zealand Army, aimed at certifying the Australian 1st Brigade for operational deployment. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the nation’s force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.

(Photo by Corporal Jonathan Wright, 13 July 2012 via DVIDS.)

MEU Monday: In the Crows Nest

Sergeant Alexander M. Tryon scans the surrounding area for enemy forces during a vertical assault Dec. 10 at Combat Town. After acquiring a strong foothold within the town, the Marines cleared all of the buildings and searched for simulated high-value individuals. Tryon, from Cortland, Ohio, is a scout sniper with Weapons Company, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Ryan C. Mains/Released)