200901-N-NJ919-2400 PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 1, 2020) PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 01, 2020) PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 01, 2020) The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) transits the Philippine Sea with amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42). America and Germantown, part of the America Amphibious Ready Group assigned to Amphibious Squadron 11, along with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, are operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility to enhance interoperability with allies and partners and serve as a ready response force to defend peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Walter Estrada)
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America Amphibious Ready Group transits the Philippine Sea

200901-N-NJ919-2400 PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 1, 2020) PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 01, 2020) PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 01, 2020) The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) transits the Philippine Sea with amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42). America and Germantown, part of the America Amphibious Ready Group assigned to Amphibious Squadron 11, along with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, [Read More …]

PHILIPPINE SEA (Aug. 26 2020) - Cpl. Brady Rick, from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, Maritime Raid Force, looks through the scope of his rifle during a visit, board, search and seizure exercise aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18). New Orleans, part of the America Expeditionary Strike Group, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit team, is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with allies and partners, and serves as a ready response force to defend security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kelby Sanders)
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USS New Orleans VBSS Exercise

PHILIPPINE SEA (Aug. 26 2020) – Cpl. Brady Rick, from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, Maritime Raid Force, looks through the scope of his rifle during a visit, board, search and seizure exercise aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18). New Orleans, part of the America Expeditionary Strike Group, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit team, is operating [Read More …]

PHILIPPINE SEA (August 23, 2020) Marines with the Maritime Raid Force (MRF), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), fast rope out of a MV-22B Osprey with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 (Reinforced), 31st MEU, aboard amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6). The fast rope sustainment training was done in preparation to execute specialized insertion methods in support of visit, board, search, and seizure, or maritime interdiction operations, and specialized limited scale raids. America, flagship of the America Amphibious Ready Group, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit team, is operating in the 7th fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with allies and partners and serve as a ready response force to defend peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Brandon Salas)
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MRF USS America fast roping

PHILIPPINE SEA (August 23, 2020) Marines with the Maritime Raid Force (MRF), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), fast rope out of a MV-22B Osprey with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 (Reinforced), 31st MEU, aboard amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6). The fast rope sustainment training was done in preparation to execute specialized insertion methods in support of visit, board, [Read More …]

PHILIPPINE SEA (Aug. 26, 2020) Force Reconnaissance Marines with Command Element, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) fast-rope to the flight deck from a CH-53 E Super Stallion heavy lift helicopter during a visit, board, search and seizure exercise aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42). Germantown, part of the America Expeditionary Strike Group, 31st MEU team, is operating in the 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with allies and partners, and serves as a ready response force to defend peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Taylor DiMartino)
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Marines with Command Element, 31st MEU Conduct VBSS Training Aboard USS Germantown (LSD 42)

PHILIPPINE SEA (Aug. 26, 2020) Force Reconnaissance Marines with Command Element, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) fast-rope to the flight deck from a CH-53 E Super Stallion heavy lift helicopter during a visit, board, search and seizure exercise aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42). Germantown, part of the America Expeditionary Strike Group, 31st MEU team, is [Read More …]

OKINAWA, Japan (Aug. 21, 2020) Seaman Cameron Collins, from Cleveland, Texas, mans the rails on the fo’c’sle during a sea and anchor evolution aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42). Germantown, part of America Expeditionary Strike Group, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit team is operating in the 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with allies and partners, and serves as a ready response force to defend peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Taylor DiMartino)
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USS Germantown (LSD 42) Departs Okinawa, Japan

OKINAWA, Japan (Aug. 21, 2020) Seaman Cameron Collins, from Cleveland, Texas, mans the rails on the fo’c’sle during a sea and anchor evolution aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42). Germantown, part of America Expeditionary Strike Group, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit team is operating in the 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with allies and [Read More …]

Lance Cpl. Matthew Lusak, a Field Artillery Cannoneer with Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), looks through binoculars to provide shot corrections to Marines during a live fire range at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, July 23, 2020. 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. The 31st MEU has implemented strict health protection measures and will continue to conduct mission essential training in support of regional security and stability. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Brandon Salas)
U.S. Marine Corps

BLT 2/4, 31st MEU machine gun live fire

Lance Cpl. Matthew Lusak, a Field Artillery Cannoneer with Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), looks through binoculars to provide shot corrections to Marines during a live fire range at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, July 23, 2020. The 31st MEU, the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward-deployed MEU, provides a flexible and lethal force ready [Read More …]

Marines with Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), provide security during a simulated Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel (TRAP) mission at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, July 25, 2020. TRAP is the capability to conduct overland rescue and recovery of downed aircraft personnel, equipment, and to provide advanced trauma life support in a benign or hostile environment. 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. The 31st MEU has implemented strict health protection measures and will continue to conduct mission essential training in support of regional security and stability. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Brienna Tuck)
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BLT 2/4, 31st MEU perform simulated TRAP mission

Marines with Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), provide security during a simulated Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel (TRAP) mission at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, July 25, 2020. TRAP is the capability to conduct overland rescue and recovery of downed aircraft personnel, equipment, and to provide advanced trauma life support in a benign [Read More …]

Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion (CLB) 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) attach a block of cement to a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st MEU, for helicopter support team (HST) training, Kin Blue, Okinawa, Japan, June 18, 2020. The HST training was conducted to increase proficiency at executing external lifts. 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. The 31st MEU has implemented strict health protection measures and will continue to conduct mission essential training in support of regional security and stability. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Kolby Leger)
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Loud and Heavy: CLB-31, 31st MEU perform HST on Okinawa

Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion (CLB) 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) attach a block of cement to a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st MEU, for helicopter support team (HST) training, Kin Blue, Okinawa, Japan, June 18, 2020. The HST training was conducted to increase proficiency at executing external lifts. The 31st MEU, [Read More …]

A Marine with Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) prepares to load 40mm practice M781 rounds into an Mk-19 at Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan, June 29, 2020. 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. The 31st MEU has implemented strict health protection measures and will continue to conduct mission essential training in support of regional security and stability. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Kolby Leger)
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Cheeto puffs and tracers: Marines with 2/4 fire rounds down range

A Marine with Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) prepares to load 40mm practice M781 rounds into an Mk-19 at Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan, June 29, 2020. 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 [Read More …]

Sgt. Christopher Frazier, a scout sniper with Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), engages targets from improvised positions with the M40A6 Sniper Rifle during a static live fire range at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, July 8, 2020. The training allowed Marines to improve their proficiency in the fundamentals of marksmanship and to work on advanced techniques including long range precision shooting through barricades and improvised positions. 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 Lance Cpl. Brienna Tuck)
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31st MEU Scout Sniper Platoon conducts static live fire training

Sgt. Christopher Frazier, a scout sniper with Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), engages targets from improvised positions with the M40A6 Sniper Rifle during a static live fire range at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, July 8, 2020. The training allowed Marines to improve their proficiency in the fundamentals of marksmanship and to work on [Read More …]