PHILIPPINE SEA (Aug. 26, 2020) Marines with the Maritime Raid Force (MRF), 31st MEU, prepare to conduct Visit Board Search and Seizure (VBSS) operations from MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopters assigned to the Archangels of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 Detachment 6, aboard amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6). America, flagship of the America Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit team, is operating in the 7th fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with allies and partners, and to serve as a ready response force to defend peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.The America ARG, 31st MEU team remains the premier crisis response force in the region despite the unique challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Dominic Clay)
U.S. Marine Corps

31st MEU employs ATAK during VBSS training

PHILIPPINE SEA (Aug. 26, 2020) Marines with the Maritime Raid Force (MRF), 31st MEU, prepare to conduct Visit Board Search and Seizure (VBSS) operations from MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopters assigned to the Archangels of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 Detachment 6, aboard amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6). America, flagship of the America Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), 31st [Read More …]

200816-N-IO312-1108 PHILLIPINE SEA (Aug. 16, 2020) Sailors assigned to the Archangels of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 Detachment 6, load missiles onto an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter, on the flight deck of the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6), in preparation for a live-fire exercise. America, flagship of the America Expeditionary Strike Group, is 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 maintain security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Matthew Cavenaile)
U.S. Navy

USS America (LHA 6) Conducts Rocket Onload

200816-N-IO312-1108 PHILLIPINE SEA (Aug. 16, 2020) Sailors assigned to the Archangels of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 Detachment 6, load missiles onto an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter, on the flight deck of the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6), in preparation for a live-fire exercise. America, flagship of the America Expeditionary Strike Group, is operating in the [Read More …]

200812-N-IO312-1482 PHILIPPINE SEA (Aug. 12, 2020) The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) conducts a replenishment at sea with the dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE 14). America, flagship of the America Expeditionary Strike Group, is operating in the U.S. 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. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Matthew Cavenaile)
U.S. Navy

USS America (LHA 6) Conducts Replenishment at Sea

200812-N-IO312-1482 PHILIPPINE SEA (Aug. 12, 2020) The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) conducts a replenishment at sea with the dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE 14). America, flagship of the America Expeditionary Strike Group, is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with allies and partners and serve as [Read More …]

SASEBO, Japan (June 16, 2020) Sailors assigned to amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) conduct a security exercise in the ship’s vehicle stowage area. America, flagship of America Expeditionary Strike Group, is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with allies and partners and serve as a ready response force to maintain security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jomark A. Almazan)
U.S. Army

USS America conducts security exercise June 16, 2020

SASEBO, Japan (June 16, 2020) Sailors assigned to amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) conduct a security exercise in the ship’s vehicle stowage area. America, flagship of America Expeditionary Strike Group, is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with allies and partners and serve as a ready response force to maintain security and [Read More …]

200415-N-RU810-1157 PHILIPPINE SEA (April 15, 2020) Sgt. John Marks, from Marietta, Georgia, assigned to 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, Battalion Landing Team 15, reloads an M4 rifle during a fast rope exercise aboard amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6). America, flagship 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 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 Vincent E. Zline)
U.S. Navy

31st MEU Conducts Fast Rope Exercise Aboard USS America

200415-N-RU810-1157 PHILIPPINE SEA (April 15, 2020) Sgt. John Marks, from Marietta, Georgia, assigned to 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, Battalion Landing Team 15, reloads an M4 rifle during a fast rope exercise aboard amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6). America, flagship of America Expeditionary Strike Group, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit team is operating in the 7th Fleet area of operations [Read More …]

200410-N-BT681-4230 EAST CHINA SEA (April 10, 2020) Senior Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Mercedes Amador, from New York, assigned to amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6), signals an F-35B Lightning II fighter aircraft assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 265 (Reinforced) on the ship’s flight deck. America, flagship of the America Expeditionary Strike Group, 31st MEU team, is operating in the U.S. 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. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jonathan Berlier)
U.S. Navy

USS America (LHA 6) Conducts Flight Operations

200410-N-BT681-4230 EAST CHINA SEA (April 10, 2020) Senior Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Mercedes Amador, from New York, assigned to amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6), signals an F-35B Lightning II fighter aircraft assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 265 (Reinforced) on the ship’s flight deck. America, flagship of the America Expeditionary [Read More …]

200420-N-RU810-1172 EAST CHINA SEA (April 10, 2020) Amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer JS Akebono (DD 108) sail in formation in the East China Sea. America, flagship of the 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 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 Vincent E. Zline)
U.S. Navy

USS America, JS Akebono Operate in East China Sea

200420-N-RU810-1172 EAST CHINA SEA (April 10, 2020) Amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer JS Akebono (DD 108) sail in formation in the East China Sea. America, flagship of the 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 …]

200409-N-DB724-1064 PHILIPPINE SEA (April 9, 2020) An F-35B Lightning II assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 265 (Reinforced) takes off from the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6). America, flagship 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 serve as a ready response force to defend peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jomark A. Almazan)
U.S. Navy

USS America (LHA 6) conducts flight operations

200409-N-DB724-1064 PHILIPPINE SEA (April 9, 2020) An F-35B Lightning II assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 265 (Reinforced) takes off from the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6). America, flagship of the America Expeditionary Strike Group, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit team, is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of [Read More …]

PHILIPPINE SEA (April 9, 2020) An F-35B Lightning II fighter aircraft assigned to the Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 265 (Reinforced) approaches before landing aboard amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6). America, flagship 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 serve as a ready response force to defend peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.
U.S. Marine Corps

USS America (LHA 6) Conducts Flight Operations

PHILIPPINE SEA (April 9, 2020) An F-35B Lightning II fighter aircraft assigned to the Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 265 (Reinforced) approaches before landing aboard amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6). America, flagship 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 [Read More …]

PHILIPPINE SEA (April 4, 2020) An F-35B Lightning II fighter aircraft with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, launches from the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) during low-light flight operations. The purpose of flight operations is to ensure all equipment is operating correctly and give pilots an opportunity to hone their skills. America, flagship of the America Expeditionary Strike Group, 31st MEU team, is operating in the U.S. 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 photo by Lance Cpl. Kolby Leger)
U.S. Marine Corps

31st MEU Marines, Sailors aboard USS America conduct flight operations

PHILIPPINE SEA (April 4, 2020) An F-35B Lightning II fighter aircraft with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, launches from the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) during low-light flight operations. The purpose of flight operations is to ensure all equipment is operating correctly and give pilots an opportunity to hone their skills. America, flagship [Read More …]