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 …]

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 …]

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 …]

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 …]

U.S. Marines with Charlie Company, Battalion Landing Team 1/4, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, provide security during a helicopter raid course on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, May 18, 2020. Marines focused on tactics, techniques and procedures applicable to raid operations in order to enhance their combat readiness for an upcoming deployment. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Britany Rowlett)
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Charlie Co, BLT 1/4, hones tactics and techniques

U.S. Marines with Charlie Company, Battalion Landing Team 1/4, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, provide security during a helicopter raid course on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, May 18, 2020. Marines focused on tactics, techniques and procedures applicable to raid operations in order to enhance their combat readiness for an upcoming deployment. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Britany Rowlett)

200430-N-MY922-1096 ARABIAN GULF (April 30, 2020) - A reconnaissance Marine, assigned to the Maritime Raid Force, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), participates in a live-fire exercise aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), April 30, 2020. Bataan is the flagship for the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 26th MEU, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the Western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kaitlin Rowell)
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26 MEU Gun Shoot

ARABIAN GULF (April 30, 2020) – A reconnaissance Marine, assigned to the Maritime Raid Force, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), participates in a live-fire exercise aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), April 30, 2020. Bataan is the flagship for the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 26th MEU, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet [Read More …]

CENTRAL TRAINING AREA, Okinawa, Japan (March 27, 2020) Marines with Alpha Company, Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Force (MEU), refuel an assault amphibious vehicle (AAV) with another AAV during a forward arming and refueling point (FARP) exercise. The exercise served as a proof of concept for using AAVs to transport refueling equipment ashore and independently support a FARP when conducting split operations. 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. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Colton K. Garrett)
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31st MEU conducts AAV Forward Arming and Refueling Point

CENTRAL TRAINING AREA, Okinawa, Japan (March 27, 2020) Marines with Alpha Company, Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Force (MEU), refuel an assault amphibious vehicle (AAV) with another AAV during a forward arming and refueling point (FARP) exercise. The exercise served as a proof of concept for using AAVs to transport refueling equipment ashore and independently [Read More …]

SOUTH CHINA SEA (March 13, 2020) Marines with Bravo Company, Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), demonstrate using a 60mm mortar system aboard amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6). 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. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt Audrey M. C. Rampton)
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31st MEU Marines conduct 60mm mortars class aboard USS America

SOUTH CHINA SEA (March 13, 2020) Marines with Bravo Company, Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), demonstrate using a 60mm mortar system aboard amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6). 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 [Read More …]

200201-N-GR168-1470 DUQM, Oman (Feb. 1, 2020) Sailors assigned to the amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) take part in a tug-of-war competition on the pier during a port visit to Duqm, Oman. New York, with the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group and with embarked 26th MEU, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the Western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Lyle Wilkie)
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New York takes part in flight operations

200201-N-GR168-1470 DUQM, Oman (Feb. 1, 2020) Sailors assigned to the amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) take part in a tug-of-war competition on the pier during a port visit to Duqm, Oman. New York, with the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group and with embarked 26th MEU, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support [Read More …]