U.S. Marines with Logistics Combat Element, Marine Rotational Force - Darwin conduct drone training at Robertson Barracks, NT, Australia, July 8, 2020. This training enables MRF-D to continue being a lethal and competent expeditionary fighting force that is proficient and capable of responding to any crisis. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Natalie Greenwood)
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MRF-D Marines use drones to enhance patrol capability

U.S. Marines with Logistics Combat Element, Marine Rotational Force – Darwin conduct drone training at Robertson Barracks, NT, Australia, July 8, 2020. This training enables MRF-D to continue being a lethal and competent expeditionary fighting force that is proficient and capable of responding to any crisis. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Natalie Greenwood)

U.S. Marines with Logistics Combat Element, Marine Rotational Force - Darwin conduct drone training at Robertson Barracks, NT, Australia, July 8, 2020. This training enables MRF-D to continue being a lethal and competent expeditionary fighting force that is proficient and capable of responding to any crisis. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Natalie Greenwood)
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Field training keeps MRF-D Marines lethal

U.S. Marines with Logistics Combat Element, Marine Rotational Force – Darwin conduct drone training at Robertson Barracks, NT, Australia, July 8, 2020. This training enables MRF-D to continue being a lethal and competent expeditionary fighting force that is proficient and capable of responding to any crisis. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Natalie Greenwood)

U.S. Marines with 1st platoon, Force Reconnaissance Company, III Marine Expeditionary Force, clear a room during Close Quarters Tactics training at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, June 29, 2020. The reconnaissance Marines conducted the CQT training to sharpen their proficiency on room and hallway clearing. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Francesca Landis)
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Reconnaissance Marines conduct CQT training

U.S. Marines with 1st platoon, Force Reconnaissance Company, III Marine Expeditionary Force, clear a room during Close Quarters Tactics training at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, June 29, 2020. The reconnaissance Marines conducted the CQT training to sharpen their proficiency on room and hallway clearing. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Francesca Landis)

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Sam Lavanway, a field radio operator with 9th Communication (9th Comm) Battalion, I Marine Expeditionary Force Information Group, sets up an AL3 Golden Series Mast antenna at Marine Corps Tactical Systems Support Activity (MCTSSA), Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, April 29, 2020. 9th Comm is working in conjunction with MCTSSA to test the new AL3 Golden Series Mast to determine its capabilities and practical employment opportunities. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jason Monty)
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9th Comm Bn tests the new AL3 Golden Series

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Sam Lavanway, a field radio operator with 9th Communication (9th Comm) Battalion, I Marine Expeditionary Force Information Group, sets up an AL3 Golden Series Mast antenna at Marine Corps Tactical Systems Support Activity (MCTSSA), Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, April 29, 2020. 9th Comm is working in conjunction with MCTSSA to test the new AL3 [Read More …]

Sgt. John Marks, an explosive ordnance disposal Marine with the Force Reconnaissance Platoon (FRP), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), fires his M4A1 service rifle during combat marksmanship training at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, June 30, 2020. During the training, Marines of the FRP focused on shooting fundamentals in order to increase their speed and lethality while engaging close range targets. The 31st MEU, the Marine Corps' only continuously forward-deployed MEU, provides a flexible and lethal force ready to perform a wide range of military operations as the premier crisis response force in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Brandon Salas)
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Force Reconnaissance Platoon conducts combat marksmanship training

Sgt. John Marks, an explosive ordnance disposal Marine with the Force Reconnaissance Platoon (FRP), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), fires his M4A1 service rifle during combat marksmanship training at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, June 30, 2020. During the training, Marines of the FRP focused on shooting fundamentals in order to increase their speed and lethality while engaging close range targets. [Read More …]

U.S. Marines with 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division conduct standard maintenance on M1A1 Abrams tanks at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California, June 25, 2020. Members of the tank community are preparing to deactivate ahead of the Marine Corps force redesign. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Miguel A. Rosales)
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Turning Wrenches with Tanks

U.S. Marines with 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division conduct standard maintenance on M1A1 Abrams tanks at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California, June 25, 2020. Members of the tank community are preparing to deactivate ahead of the Marine Corps force redesign. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Miguel A. Rosales)

An MV-22B Osprey, from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 363, lifts an M777 Howitzer during an external hoist exercise on Marine Corps Base Hawaii, June 30, 2020. Marines from VMM-363 worked with Marines from 1st Battalion, 12th Marines and Combat Logistics Battalion 3 to improve their ability to transport fire support assets around the battlespace. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Eric Tso)
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VMM-363 conducts howitzer lift

An MV-22B Osprey, from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 363, lifts an M777 Howitzer during an external hoist exercise on Marine Corps Base Hawaii, June 30, 2020. Marines from VMM-363 worked with Marines from 1st Battalion, 12th Marines and Combat Logistics Battalion 3 to improve their ability to transport fire support assets around the battlespace. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. [Read More …]

U.S. Marines with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463 approach the water with a CH-53E during helicopter casting training with U.S. Navy sailors off the island of Oahu, Hawaii, June 30, 2020. As the nation’s only heavy lift sea-to-shore connector, the CH-53E is the perfect complement to the mission of infiltrating contested littoral areas throughout the Pacific for the U.S. Navy. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jacob Wilson)
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HMH-463: Helocasting

U.S. Marines with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463 approach the water with a CH-53E during helicopter casting training with U.S. Navy sailors off the island of Oahu, Hawaii, June 30, 2020. As the nation’s only heavy lift sea-to-shore connector, the CH-53E is the perfect complement to the mission of infiltrating contested littoral areas throughout the Pacific for the U.S. Navy. [Read More …]

U.S. Marines with the Motor Transport Platoon, Logistics Combat Element, Marine Rotational Force - Darwin, complete final preparation before going out to the field on Robertson Barracks, NT, Australia, July 6, 2020. Marines will be participating in squad and platoon level training focused on vehicle recovery, night operations and work with small unmanned areal vehicles. MRF-D enables U.S. Marines and the ADF to enhance regional security, strengthen alliances and partnerships, and increase the ability to rapidly respond to crises throughout the region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Natalie Greenwood)
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Marines gear up for first field exercise in Australia

U.S. Marines with the Motor Transport Platoon, Logistics Combat Element, Marine Rotational Force – Darwin, complete final preparation before going out to the field on Robertson Barracks, NT, Australia, July 6, 2020. Marines will be participating in squad and platoon level training focused on vehicle recovery, night operations and work with small unmanned areal vehicles. MRF-D enables U.S. Marines and [Read More …]

Marines with Fox Company, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), carry a Combat Rubber Raiding Craft during a small-boat exercise at Kin Blue, Okinawa, Japan, July 6, 2020. Fox Company provides the 31st MEU with a rapid attack force from the sea utilizing small-boat operations. The 31st MEU, the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward-deployed MEU, provides a flexible and lethal force ready to perform a wide range of military operations as the premier crisis response force in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Audrey M. C. Rampton)
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On the water: BLT 2/4, 31st MEU conduct Combat Rubber Raiding Craft (CRRC) training

Marines with Fox Company, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), carry a Combat Rubber Raiding Craft during a small-boat exercise at Kin Blue, Okinawa, Japan, July 6, 2020. Fox Company provides the 31st MEU with a rapid attack force from the sea utilizing small-boat operations. The 31st MEU, the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward-deployed [Read More …]