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A Marine with Alpha Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, secures an AAV-P7/A1 Amphibious Assault Vehicle to the well-deck of the USS Ashland (LSD 48) Jan. 29, 2016, at White Beach, Okinawa, Japan. The Marines loaded their AAVs onto the Ashland before departing for the MEU's spring deployment. The spring deployment is a regularly scheduled deployment designed to support PACOM's theater security cooperation initiatives to promote goodwill, and strengthen allied relationships.
31st MEU Marines Head to Cobra Gold 16
A Marine with Alpha Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, secures an AAV-P7/A1 Amphibious Assault Vehicle to the well-deck of the USS Ashland (LSD 48) Jan. 29, 2016, at White Beach, Okinawa, Japan. The Marines loaded their AAVs onto the Ashland before departing for the MEU's spring deployment. The spring deployment is a regularly scheduled deployment designed to support PACOM's theater security cooperation initiatives to promote goodwill, and strengthen allied relationships.
Teachers at Ban Sa Yai School in Trat, Thailand, pass out coloring books during exercise Cobra Gold, Feb. 3, 2016. Cobra Gold 2016, in its 35th iteration, includes a specific focus on humanitarian civic action, community engagement, and medical activities conducted during the exercise to support the needs and humanitarian interests of civilian populations around the region.
Cobra Gold 2016
Teachers at Ban Sa Yai School in Trat, Thailand, pass out coloring books during exercise Cobra Gold, Feb. 3, 2016. Cobra Gold 2016, in its 35th iteration, includes a specific focus on humanitarian civic action, community engagement, and medical activities conducted during the exercise to support the needs and humanitarian interests of civilian populations around the region.
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Taylor White (left) and Lance Cpl. Scott Skith (right), both field artillery cannoneers, with 3rd Battalion, 12th Marines, wait for a vehicle to be offloaded from the USNS Maj. Stephen W. Pless, during exercise Cobra Gold 2016, on Sattahip Naval Base, Thailand, Jan. 28, 2016. Cobra Gold, in its 35th iteration, is an important element of the United States' and all other participating nations' regional military to military engagement efforts.)
Royal Thai Navy and U.S. Service Members Offload from the USNS Maj. Stephen W. Pless
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Taylor White (left) and Lance Cpl. Scott Skith (right), both field artillery cannoneers, with 3rd Battalion, 12th Marines, wait for a vehicle to be offloaded from the USNS Maj. Stephen W. Pless, during exercise Cobra Gold 2016, on Sattahip Naval Base, Thailand, Jan. 28, 2016. Cobra Gold, in its 35th iteration, is an important element of the United States' and all other participating nations' regional military to military engagement efforts.)
Samai Tanapai Bul blesses a pillar at the Wuat Ban Mak school, during exercise Cobra Gold 2016, Saraburi, Thailand, Jan. 25, 2016. Cobra Gold, in its 35th iteration, focuses on humanitarian civic action, community engagement, and medical activities to support the needs and humanitarian interest of civilian populations around the region.
Cobra Gold 2016 Pillar Dedication Ceremony: Wuat Ban Mak School
Samai Tanapai Bul blesses a pillar at the Wuat Ban Mak school, during exercise Cobra Gold 2016, Saraburi, Thailand, Jan. 25, 2016. Cobra Gold, in its 35th iteration, focuses on humanitarian civic action, community engagement, and medical activities to support the needs and humanitarian interest of civilian populations around the region.
Samai Tanapai Bul blesses a construction site during a Pillar Raising Ceremony as part exercise Cobra Gold 2016 in Wuat Ban Mak, Saraburi, Thailand, Jan. 25, 2016. Cobra Gold 2016, in its 35th iteration, includes a specific focus on humanitarian civic action, community engagement, and medical activities conducted during the exercise to support the needs and humanitarian interests of civilian populations around the region.
Cobra Gold 2016
Samai Tanapai Bul blesses a construction site during a Pillar Raising Ceremony as part exercise Cobra Gold 2016 in Wuat Ban Mak, Saraburi, Thailand, Jan. 25, 2016. Cobra Gold 2016, in its 35th iteration, includes a specific focus on humanitarian civic action, community engagement, and medical activities conducted during the exercise to support the needs and humanitarian interests of civilian populations around the region.
Samai Tanapai Bul blesses a construction site during a Pillar Raising Ceremony as part exercise
Cobra Gold 2016 in Wuat Ban Mak, Saraburi, Thailand, Jan. 25, 2016.  Cobra Gold 2016, in its 35th iteration, includes a specific focus on humanitarian civic action, community engagement, and medical activities conducted during the exercise to support the needs and humanitarian interests of civilian populations around the region.
Cobra Gold 2016
Samai Tanapai Bul blesses a construction site during a Pillar Raising Ceremony as part exercise Cobra Gold 2016 in Wuat Ban Mak, Saraburi, Thailand, Jan. 25, 2016. Cobra Gold 2016, in its 35th iteration, includes a specific focus on humanitarian civic action, community engagement, and medical activities conducted during the exercise to support the needs and humanitarian interests of civilian populations around the region.
The display of the battlefield crosses over the flight line during a memorial ceremony honoring 12 Marines from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463 aboard Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, Jan. 22, 2016. Two CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters with HMH-463 were involved in an incident off the coast of North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii, Jan. 14.
HMH-463 Honors 12 Marines in Memorial Service
The display of the battlefield crosses over the flight line during a memorial ceremony honoring 12 Marines from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463 aboard Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, Jan. 22, 2016. Two CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters with HMH-463 were involved in an incident off the coast of North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii, Jan. 14.
A Marine places his hand over the Kevlar of a battlefield cross during a memorial ceremony honoring 12 Marines from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463 aboard Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, Jan. 22, 2016. Two CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters with HMH-463 were involved in an incident off the coast of North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii, Jan. 14.
U.S. Marine Corps Honors 12 Marines in Memorial Service
A Marine places his hand over the Kevlar of a battlefield cross during a memorial ceremony honoring 12 Marines from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463 aboard Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, Jan. 22, 2016. Two CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters with HMH-463 were involved in an incident off the coast of North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii, Jan. 14.
Mark Rigg (left), director, Honolulu Emergency Services Department, receives an award from Lt. Gen. John A. Toolan (middle), commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, and Mayor Kirk Caldwell (right), City & County of Honolulu, during the First Responder Recognition Ceremony at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center, in Honolulu, Dec. 18, 2015. Various individuals from the Honolulu Emergency Services Department, Honolulu Fire Department, and Honolulu Police Department were recognized for their heroic, selfless actions while responding to a mishap involving an MV-22 tilt-rotor aircraft.
First Responders Recognition Ceremony
Mark Rigg (left), director, Honolulu Emergency Services Department, receives an award from Lt. Gen. John A. Toolan (middle), commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, and Mayor Kirk Caldwell (right), City & County of Honolulu, during the First Responder Recognition Ceremony at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center, in Honolulu, Dec. 18, 2015. Various individuals from the Honolulu Emergency Services Department, Honolulu Fire Department, and Honolulu Police Department were recognized for their heroic, selfless actions while responding to a mishap involving an MV-22 tilt-rotor aircraft.
Lt. Gen. John A. Toolan, commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific and Mayor Kirk Caldwell, City & County of Honolulu, award U.S. Airmen during the First Responder Recognition Ceremony at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center, in Honolulu, Dec. 18, 2015.  Military and civilian personnel that selflessly assisted during the rescue and treatment of the Marines and Sailor received recognition from the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Commander.
First Responders Recognition Ceremony
Lt. Gen. John A. Toolan, commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific and Mayor Kirk Caldwell, City & County of Honolulu, award U.S. Airmen during the First Responder Recognition Ceremony at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center, in Honolulu, Dec. 18, 2015. Military and civilian personnel that selflessly assisted during the rescue and treatment of the Marines and Sailor received recognition from the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Commander.
Lt. Gen. John A. Toolan (right), commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, and Mayor Kirk Caldwell (left), City & County of Honolulu, take a picture with the Honolulu Police Department after the First Responder Recognition Ceremony at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center, in Honolulu, Dec. 18, 2015. Various individuals from the Honolulu Emergency Services Department, Honolulu Fire Department, and Honolulu Police Department were recognized for their heroic, selfless actions while responding to a mishap involving an MV-22 tilt-rotor aircraft.
First Responders Recognition Ceremony
Lt. Gen. John A. Toolan (right), commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, and Mayor Kirk Caldwell (left), City & County of Honolulu, take a picture with the Honolulu Police Department after the First Responder Recognition Ceremony at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center, in Honolulu, Dec. 18, 2015. Various individuals from the Honolulu Emergency Services Department, Honolulu Fire Department, and Honolulu Police Department were recognized for their heroic, selfless actions while responding to a mishap involving an MV-22 tilt-rotor aircraft.
Lt. Gen. John A. Toolan, commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, speaks during the First Responder Recognition Ceremony at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center, in Honolulu, Dec. 18, 2015.  U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific recognized Honolulu's first responders who assisted during the rescue and treatment of Marines and sailors in the aftermath of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft mishap.
First Responders Recognition Ceremony
Lt. Gen. John A. Toolan, commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, speaks during the First Responder Recognition Ceremony at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center, in Honolulu, Dec. 18, 2015. U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific recognized Honolulu's first responders who assisted during the rescue and treatment of Marines and sailors in the aftermath of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft mishap.
Lt. Gen. John A. Toolan visits Marines aboard USS Essex, and welcomes them to Hawaii, Dec. 3, 2015.
Lt. Gen. John A. Toolan visits Marines
Lt. Gen. John A. Toolan visits Marines aboard USS Essex, and welcomes them to Hawaii, Dec. 3, 2015.
Guest performer Kevin Jones rocks out with the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Show Band at the 8th annual Na Mele o na Keiki (Music for the Children) Christmas Concerts at the historic Hawaii Theatre Center.
Na Mele o na Keiki (Music for the Children) Christmas Concert
Guest performer Kevin Jones rocks out with the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Show Band at the 8th annual Na Mele o na Keiki (Music for the Children) Christmas Concerts at the historic Hawaii Theatre Center.
Pearl Harbor survivor, Delton E. Walling, speaks with the attendees during the Pearl Harbor Colors, Honors and Heritage Ceremony at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, Hawaii, Nov. 19, 2015. The ceremony is held once a month to honor the sacrifices of our armed forces, both those serving now and those have served.
Pearl Harbor Colors, Honors and Heritage Ceremony
Pearl Harbor survivor, Delton E. Walling, speaks with the attendees during the Pearl Harbor Colors, Honors and Heritage Ceremony at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, Hawaii, Nov. 19, 2015. The ceremony is held once a month to honor the sacrifices of our armed forces, both those serving now and those have served.
Marines with Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, pause while patrolling during training exercise Lava Viper, a staple of their pre-deployment training, at Range 10 at Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii, Nov. 4, 2015. The purpose of the training was to provide Marines within the company with an opportunity to utilize various tactics and weapons while organizing within the platoons to accomplish a common mission. Lava Viper provides the Hawaii-based Marines with an opportunity to conduct various movements, live-fire and tactical training before departing for Integrated Training Exercise aboard Marine Air-Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., where the battalion will train and be evaluated as a whole.
Kilo Co. rushes, eliminates enemy
Marines with Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, pause while patrolling during training exercise Lava Viper, a staple of their pre-deployment training, at Range 10 at Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii, Nov. 4, 2015. The purpose of the training was to provide Marines within the company with an opportunity to utilize various tactics and weapons while organizing within the platoons to accomplish a common mission. Lava Viper provides the Hawaii-based Marines with an opportunity to conduct various movements, live-fire and tactical training before departing for Integrated Training Exercise aboard Marine Air-Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., where the battalion will train and be evaluated as a whole.
GULF OF ADEN (Oct. 17, 2015) U.S Marine Cpl. Shawn Obrien, left, sprints with an ammo can during the combat conditioning portion of a Marine Corps Martial Arts Program black belt course aboard the USS Rushmore (LSD 47). Obrien is an amphibious assault vehicle crew chief with Kilo Company, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit. In In addition enhancing hand-to-hand combat skills, MCMAP sharpens the decision making and mental toughness of the Marines by instilling a warrior ethos.. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Emmanuel Ramos/Released)
One Mind, Any Weapon: U.S. Marines earn black belt at sea
GULF OF ADEN (Oct. 17, 2015) U.S Marine Cpl. Shawn Obrien, left, sprints with an ammo can during the combat conditioning portion of a Marine Corps Martial Arts Program black belt course aboard the USS Rushmore (LSD 47). Obrien is an amphibious assault vehicle crew chief with Kilo Company, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit. In In addition enhancing hand-to-hand combat skills, MCMAP sharpens the decision making and mental toughness of the Marines by instilling a warrior ethos.. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Emmanuel Ramos/Released)
ARTA RANGE FACILITY, Djibouti (Oct. 7, 2015) U.S. Marines with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Force Reconnaissance Detachment, clear a simulated enemy stronghold during a desert survival and tactics course alongside the French 5th Overseas Combined Arms Regiment (RIAOM). Elements of the 15th MEU trained with the 5th RIAOM in Djibouti in order to improve interoperability between the MEU and the French military. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Emmanuel Ramos/Released)
All together now: U.S. Marines enhance interoperability with French in Djibouti
ARTA RANGE FACILITY, Djibouti (Oct. 7, 2015) U.S. Marines with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Force Reconnaissance Detachment, clear a simulated enemy stronghold during a desert survival and tactics course alongside the French 5th Overseas Combined Arms Regiment (RIAOM). Elements of the 15th MEU trained with the 5th RIAOM in Djibouti in order to improve interoperability between the MEU and the French military. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Emmanuel Ramos/Released)
Lance Cpl. Timothy O'Brien, a Light Armored Vehicle (LAV) Crewman with Company “A,” 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Battalion Landing Team 2/1 the ground combat element for the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, lifts water jugs to the top of an LAV during PHIBRON-MEU Integration (PMINT) Exercise on Sept. 29, 2015. PMINT marks the first at-sea exercise for the PHIBRON-MEU Marines and Sailors as they work together in preparation for deployment to the Pacific and Central command areas of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Paris Capers/ Released)
1st LAR Marines roll out in PMINT Condition
Lance Cpl. Timothy O'Brien, a Light Armored Vehicle (LAV) Crewman with Company “A,” 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Battalion Landing Team 2/1 the ground combat element for the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, lifts water jugs to the top of an LAV during PHIBRON-MEU Integration (PMINT) Exercise on Sept. 29, 2015. PMINT marks the first at-sea exercise for the PHIBRON-MEU Marines and Sailors as they work together in preparation for deployment to the Pacific and Central command areas of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Paris Capers/ Released)
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Caleb Lyon, a Stockbridge, Georgia native, eats a magpie goose during Exercise Kowari 15 Sept. 2 in the Daly River region, Northern Territory, Australia. Kowari is a trilateral environmental survival training opportunity hosted by Australia and includes forces from Australia, China and the U.S. simultaneously.
US Forces surviving Australian training
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Caleb Lyon, a Stockbridge, Georgia native, eats a magpie goose during Exercise Kowari 15 Sept. 2 in the Daly River region, Northern Territory, Australia. Kowari is a trilateral environmental survival training opportunity hosted by Australia and includes forces from Australia, China and the U.S. simultaneously.
U.S. Marines with 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, Marine Rotational Force – Darwin and soldiers with the 1st Brigade, Australian Army, graduate from the Australian Subject One Corporal Course, Sept. 18 at Robertson Barracks, Northern Territory, Australia. Participation in the junior leadership course gave the allied Marines and soldiers the opportunity to learn about each other’s standard operating procedures, tactics, techniques and procedures to further increase their ability to work together effectively.
U.S. Marines, Australian Soldiers graduate Junior Leadership Course
U.S. Marines with 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, Marine Rotational Force – Darwin and soldiers with the 1st Brigade, Australian Army, graduate from the Australian Subject One Corporal Course, Sept. 18 at Robertson Barracks, Northern Territory, Australia. Participation in the junior leadership course gave the allied Marines and soldiers the opportunity to learn about each other’s standard operating procedures, tactics, techniques and procedures to further increase their ability to work together effectively.
Cpl. Evan D. Taylor cycles the next round into the chamber of a M40A5 Sniper Rifle during a shooting competition between Republic of Korea and U.S. Marines at Baengnyeongdo, Republic of Korea, Sept. 11, 2015. Marines from both countries exchanged weapon systems, methods of concealment, and capabilities throughout the training. The exercise was part of Korean Marine Exchange Program 15-13, a bilateral training exercise that enhances the ROK and U.S. alliance, promotes stability on the Korean Peninsula, and strengthens ROK and U.S. military capabilities. Taylor, from Lusby, Maryland, is a scout sniper attached to Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, currently assigned to 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, under the unit deployment program. The ROK Marines are with 6th Force Recon Company, 6th Brigade, 2nd ROK Marine Corps Division.
Marines Exchange Precision Weapons Training during KMEP 15-13
Cpl. Evan D. Taylor cycles the next round into the chamber of a M40A5 Sniper Rifle during a shooting competition between Republic of Korea and U.S. Marines at Baengnyeongdo, Republic of Korea, Sept. 11, 2015. Marines from both countries exchanged weapon systems, methods of concealment, and capabilities throughout the training. The exercise was part of Korean Marine Exchange Program 15-13, a bilateral training exercise that enhances the ROK and U.S. alliance, promotes stability on the Korean Peninsula, and strengthens ROK and U.S. military capabilities. Taylor, from Lusby, Maryland, is a scout sniper attached to Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, currently assigned to 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, under the unit deployment program. The ROK Marines are with 6th Force Recon Company, 6th Brigade, 2nd ROK Marine Corps Division.
U.S. Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 4, 3rd Marine Logistics Group and Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing conduct external lifts during helicopter support team training at landing zone Swan on Aug. 12. The training was conducted to increase proficiency in logistics tasks and enhance the ability to execute potential contingency missions.
Night Landing
U.S. Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 4, 3rd Marine Logistics Group and Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing conduct external lifts during helicopter support team training at landing zone Swan on Aug. 12. The training was conducted to increase proficiency in logistics tasks and enhance the ability to execute potential contingency missions.
Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) stage vehicles in front of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48), during disaster relief efforts in Saipan after Typhoon Soudelor. 31st MEU are embarked on the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) and are on patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class David A. Cox/Released)
Saipan Relief
Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) stage vehicles in front of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48), during disaster relief efforts in Saipan after Typhoon Soudelor. 31st MEU are embarked on the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) and are on patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class David A. Cox/Released)
Caskets carrying the remains of approximately 36 Marines rest on the tarmac, July 25, 2015, in Tarawa, Kiribati, before a repatriation ceremony. The remains were honored during the ceremony and loaded onto a C-130J Hercules aircraft for their return home to the United States where they will be identified and laid to rest in their final resting place.
Coming Home
Caskets carrying the remains of approximately 36 Marines rest on the tarmac, July 25, 2015, in Tarawa, Kiribati, before a repatriation ceremony. The remains were honored during the ceremony and loaded onto a C-130J Hercules aircraft for their return home to the United States where they will be identified and laid to rest in their final resting place.
Master Gunnery Sgt. Mark Gleason, bandmaster, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Band, marches to his spot during a military tattoo in Nuku'alofa, Tonga July 8, 2015. The MARFORPAC Band travels throughout the Pacific region to promote community relations and interoperability between the U.S. and other countries.
Band Harmonizes Relations
Master Gunnery Sgt. Mark Gleason, bandmaster, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Band, marches to his spot during a military tattoo in Nuku'alofa, Tonga July 8, 2015. The MARFORPAC Band travels throughout the Pacific region to promote community relations and interoperability between the U.S. and other countries.
Pacific Marine News
The Amphibious Culture Continues

By Gunnery Sgt. Ismael Pena | February 9, 2016

The Marine Corps’ amphibious landings in the Pacific during WWII will forever mark the organization as a legendary fighting force. With the requirement of getting Marines from ship to shore, the Marine Corps has utilized a variety of vehicles to do just that. During the Battle of Tripoli, that vehicle was a wooden vessel; In WWII, it was the MORE
USS Ashland participates in Thai-US exercise

By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kelsey L. Adams | February 7, 2016

Amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) pulled into Sattahip, Thailand Feb.5 to kick off exercise Cobra Gold.Cobra Gold (CG) is a Thai-U.S. co-sponsored multinational joint exercise designed to advance regional security by exercising a robust multinational force from nations sharing common goals and security commitments in the MORE
Bonhomme Richard ARG embarks 31st MEU

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Stacy M. Atkins Ricks | February 6, 2016

The Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) wrapped up its onload of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Feb. 5 as part of a scheduled patrol of the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. Amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) was the first ship of the ARG to embark Marines off the coast of Okinawa Jan. 29. Amphibious assault ship MORE

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