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Force Reconnaissance Marines with the 31st Marine

Force Reconnaissance Marines with the 31st Marine

Force Reconnaissance Marines with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit’s (MEU) Maritime Raid Force clear a stairway during a close-quarters tactics range on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, May 20, 2020. The 31st MEU... More

A Force Reconnaissance Marine with the 31st Marine

A Force Reconnaissance Marine with the 31st Marine

A Force Reconnaissance Marine with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit’s (MEU) Maritime Raid Force fast ropes into a close-quarters tactics exercise on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, May 21, 2020. The 31st MEU, th... More

ABOARD USS BONHOMME RICHARD (LHD-6), At Sea (Aug. 26,

ABOARD USS BONHOMME RICHARD (LHD-6), At Sea (Aug. 26,

ABOARD USS BONHOMME RICHARD (LHD-6), At Sea (Aug. 26, 2016) – Col. Tye R. Wallace (left) and Sgt. Maj. Jim Lanham (right), fire M1911 .45-caliber pistols during live-fire training aboard the USS Bonhomme Richar... More

A reconnaissance Marine with the 31st Marine Expeditionary

A reconnaissance Marine with the 31st Marine Expeditionary

A reconnaissance Marine with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Amphibious Reconnaissance Platoon reloads a pistol magazine during marksmanship training aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1), un... More

A Force Reconnaissance Marine with the 31st Marine

A Force Reconnaissance Marine with the 31st Marine

A Force Reconnaissance Marine with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Maritime Raid Force carries a simulated casualty during a stress shoot as part of a close-quarters tactics range on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, ... More

A Force Reconnaissance Marine with the 31st Marine

A Force Reconnaissance Marine with the 31st Marine

A Force Reconnaissance Marine with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Maritime Raid Force provides rear security during a bottom-up house clearing exercise as part of a close-quarters tactics range on Camp Ha... More

A Force Reconnaissance Marine with the 31st Marine

A Force Reconnaissance Marine with the 31st Marine

A Force Reconnaissance Marine with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Maritime Raid Force grabs ammunition prior to a modified qualification as part of a close-quarters tactics range on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, ... More

A Force Reconnaissance Marine with the 31st Marine

A Force Reconnaissance Marine with the 31st Marine

A Force Reconnaissance Marine with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Maritime Raid Force carries ammo cans during a stress shoot as part of a close-quarters tactics range on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, May 14, 202... More

A CH-53D Sea Stallion from Marine Heavy Helicopter

A CH-53D Sea Stallion from Marine Heavy Helicopter

A CH-53D Sea Stallion from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 362, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward), waits for its crew to arrive for a routine mission on which the aircraft will reach its 10,000th flight hour.... More

U.S. Marines and Vietnamese troops move through the

U.S. Marines and Vietnamese troops move through the

U.S. Marines and Vietnamese troops move through the grounds of the Imperial Palace in the old citadel area of Hue, Vietnam, Feb. 26, 1968, after seizing it from Communist hands. The heavy damage was the result ... More

Aviation Boatswain's Mate Airman Donny Swanson gives a thumbs up signal to indicate a green deck for the launch of an AV-8 Harrier

Aviation Boatswain's Mate Airman Donny Swanson gives a thumbs up signa...

At sea aboard USS Essex Aviation Boatswain's Mate Airman Donny Swanson gives a thumbs up signal to indicate a "green deck" for the launch of an AV-8 Harrier, a high performance, single-engine, single-seat, Vert... More

The official officer portrait of Commanding Officer Colonel Richard K. Young, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, US Marine Corps (uncovered)

The official officer portrait of Commanding Officer Colonel Richard K....

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Marine Corps Base, Quantico State: Virginia (VA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSG James Harbour, Usmc Release ... More

US Marine Captain Marc McClelland, Public Affairs Officer for 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, speaks to a group of Russian marines and sailors through the assistance of Cryptologic Technician Laura Martin, a US Navy translator, while onboard a Landing Craft Unit (LCU) near Vladivostok, Russia, during Exercise COOPERATION FROM THE SEA '96. The exercise is a joint venture between US and Russian naval forces designed to improve disaster-relief operations and to further understanding between the two nations

US Marine Captain Marc McClelland, Public Affairs Officer for 31st Mar...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: COOPERATION FROM THE SEA '96 Base: Vladivostok State: Siberia Country: Russia (RUS) Scene Camera Operator: PH2 Jeff Viano, U... More

US Marine Colonel D.H. Young, Commander 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, shovels dirt onto a tree planted in Vladivostok, Russia, to signify the new growth between US and Russian naval forces during Exercise COOPERATION FROM THE SEA '96. US Navy Rear Admiral (lower half) Walter Doran (left), Commander Amphibious Force, Seventh Fleet, also takes part in the ceremony alongside Russian Federation Navy Admiral Istar Petrov. The exercise is a joint venture between US and Russian Naval forces designed to improve disaster-relief operations and to foster mutual cooperation between the two naval forces

US Marine Colonel D.H. Young, Commander 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: COOPERATION FROM THE SEA '96 Base: Vladivostok State: Siberia Country: Russia (RUS) Scene Camera Operator: PH2 Jeff Viano, U... More

Four CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters hover in the background as US Marine Corps Lance Corporal Jeffrey L. Marlow, Company B, 1/3, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit establishes communications after his platoon was inserted into a landing zone to conduct a live-fire, platoon assault during VALIANT USHER 98-1

Four CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters hover in the background as US Marine...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: VALIANT USHER 98-1 Base: Shoalwater Bay State: Queensland Country: Australia (AUS) Scene Camera Operator: SGT Brent C. Powel... More

US Marine Corps Sergeant Christian Boles and US Marine Corps Lance Corporal's Raymond J. Thomas, Robert D. Waltz and Donny Solano from company "B" 1/3, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable), pause during a security patrol to check their position during exercise VALIANT USHER 98-1. (Substandard image)

US Marine Corps Sergeant Christian Boles and US Marine Corps Lance Cor...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: VALIANT USHER 98-1 Base: Shoalwater Bay State: Queensland Country: Australia (AUS) Scene Camera Operator: SGT Brent C. Powel... More

US Marine Corps Corporal Michael R. Parker, air crew chief, Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 262 reinforced, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit "lets loose" with a GAU-17 mini-gun while his UH-1 Huey makes a pass over the "hot" target area for which his crew provided Close Air Support during VALIANT USHER 98-1's combined arms, live-fire training conducted recently in Shoalwater Bay Training Area, Australia

US Marine Corps Corporal Michael R. Parker, air crew chief, Marine Med...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: VALIANT USHER 98-1 Base: Shoalwater Bay State: Queensland Country: Australia (AUS) Scene Camera Operator: 1LT Kristen A. Las... More

A round from a Shoulder Launched Multipurpose Assault Weapon (SMAW) begins its quick journey down-range at Townshend Island, Australia, after being fired by Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. The Marines were participating in live-fire training during exercise VALIANT USHER 98-1

A round from a Shoulder Launched Multipurpose Assault Weapon (SMAW) be...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: VALIANT USHER 98-1 Base: Townshend Island State: Queensland Country: Australia (AUS) Scene Camera Operator: CPL R.M. Katz, U... More

As the sun sets over the Australian coast, USS VINCENNES (CA 44) (left) is fueled up by USS BELLEAU WOOD (LHA 3). The RAS (Refueling At Sea) took place as the ships of the Belleau Wood Amphibious Ready Group, embarked with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable), traveled to Shoalwater Bay Training Area, Australia to participate in exercise VALIANT USHER 98-1, a combined exercise with the Australian Defense Force

As the sun sets over the Australian coast, USS VINCENNES (CA 44) (left...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: VALIANT USHER 98-1 Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: CPL R.M. Katz, Usmc Release Status: Released to Public Combined Mi... More

Marines from Company B, 1ST Battalion, 3rd Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable), give a class on the characteristics and capabilities of an M240G medium machine gun to a group of local media. The media was on-hand for VALIANT USHER 98-1, a live-fire, combined-arms exercise recently conducted in Australia

Marines from Company B, 1ST Battalion, 3rd Marines, 31st Marine Expedi...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: VALIANT USHER 98-1 Base: Shoalwater Bay State: Queensland Country: Australia (AUS) Scene Camera Operator: 1LT Kristen A. Las... More

A GAU-17 mini-gun hangs silent over the intricate coastline of Townshend Island, Shoalwater Bay Training Area, Australia as another UH-1 "Huey" from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 262, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit passes "hot" over a nearby target area during VALIANT USHER 98-1

A GAU-17 mini-gun hangs silent over the intricate coastline of Townshe...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: VALIANT USHER 98-1 Base: Townshend Island State: Queensland Country: Australia (AUS) Scene Camera Operator: 1LT Kristen A. L... More

A mortarman stands by to load a round into a 60mm mortar at Townshend Island, Australia. 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit Marines spent four days on the live-fire ranges here during exercise VALIANT USHER 98-1

A mortarman stands by to load a round into a 60mm mortar at Townshend ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: VALIANT USHER 98-1 Base: Townshend Island State: Queensland Country: Australia (AUS) Scene Camera Operator: CPL R.M. Katz, U... More

US Marine Corps Lance Corporal Jose Cantu, bulk fuel specialist, Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 262, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit lifts a rubber fuel hose to drain it during operations at the Shoalwater Bay Training Area

US Marine Corps Lance Corporal Jose Cantu, bulk fuel specialist, Marin...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Shoalwater Bay State: Queensland Country: Australia (AUS) Scene Camera Operator: SGT Brent C. Powell, Usmc Release Status: Released to Public Co... More

A Royal Thai Marine takes his first ship-to-shore helicopter ride as he and members of his battalion join US Marines for a helicopter raid on Ko Samea San Island, Thailand. In addition to performing combined raids with members of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit while in the area for Exercise Cobra Gold '98, Royal Thai Marines spent four days living with US Marines aboard USS BELLEAU WOOD (LHA 3)

A Royal Thai Marine takes his first ship-to-shore helicopter ride as h...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: COBRA GOLD '98 Base: USS Belleau Wood (LHA 3) Scene Camera Operator: CPL R.M. Katz, Usmc Release Status: Released to Public C... More

A light armored vehicle splashes off of a Navy air-cushioned landing craft after being ferried from USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42) to an amphibious raid site during rehersals for the COBRA GOLD '98 combined arms live-fire exercise. The Marines are part of Battalion Landing Team, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, the ground combat element of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit

A light armored vehicle splashes off of a Navy air-cushioned landing c...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: COBRA GOLD '98 Base: Hat Yao, Sattahip State: Chon Buri Country: Thailand (THA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Eric C. Tausch, ... More

Marines wait aboard their light armored vehicles as an air-cushioned landing craft ferries them from USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42) to an amphibious raid site on Hat Yao Beach during rehersals for the COBRA GOLD '98 combined arms live-fire exercise. The Marines are part of Battalion Landing Team, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, the ground combat element of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit

Marines wait aboard their light armored vehicles as an air-cushioned l...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: COBRA GOLD '98 Country: South China Sea Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Eric C. Tausch, Usmc Release Status: Released to Public C... More

Marines attack the beach in High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) after debarking a Navy air-cushioned landing craft for a practice amphibious raid for the COBRA GOLD '98 combined arms live-fire exercise. The Marines are part of Battalion Landing Team, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, the ground combat element of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. On the horizon, Marine Corps CH-53E helicopters ferry supplies and equipment from USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42) (left) and USS DUBUQUE (LHA 3) to the beach

Marines attack the beach in High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: COBRA GOLD '98 Base: Hat Yao, Sattahip State: Chon Buri Country: Thailand (THA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Eric C. Tausch, ... More

Captain Kevin Abbey, a 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) AV-8B Harrier II jet pilot, gets a run in on the flight deck as the ship steams toward the Persian Gulf. The Secretary of Defense ordered the MEU's nearly 2,000 Marines and Sailors to set sail from Okinawa, Japan to the Gulf aboard the ships of the BELLEAU WOOD Amphibious Ready Group

Captain Kevin Abbey, a 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) AV-8B Harr...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Uss Belleau Wood (LHA 3) Country: Indian Ocean (IOC) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Eric C. Tausch, Usmc Release Status: Released to Public Combined... More

A crewmember from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 265 (HMM-265), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), moves between rotor blades while tying down his CH-46E Sea Knight on USS BELLEAU WOOD 's (LHA 3) flight deck. The MEU's nearly 2,000 Marines and Sailors have been training intensely while en route to the Persian Gulf since the Secretary of Defense ordered the unit into the area on November 11, 1998

A crewmember from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 265 (HMM-265), 31s...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Uss Belleau Wood (LHA 3) Country: Indian Ocean (IOC) Scene Camera Operator: 1stlt Kristen A. Lasica Release Status: Released to Public Combined M... More

Lance Corporal John D. Green, Jr., 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, Camp Pendleton, California, is living out his dream as his unit, now part of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) aboard USS BELLEAU WOOD (LHA 3), makes its way to the Persian Gulf

Lance Corporal John D. Green, Jr., 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment,...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Uss Belleau Wood (LHA 3) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Eric C. Tausch, Usmc Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Pho... More

Maritime Special Purpose Force Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) fastrope from a CH-46 Sea Knight to USS DUBUQUE's flight deck (not shown) to keep their skills sharp. The MEU's nearly 2,000 Marines and Sailors have been training intensely since the Secretary of Defense ordered the unit into the Persian Gulf area

Maritime Special Purpose Force Marines from the 31st Marine Expedition...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: BELLEAU WOOD Base: Uss Dubuque (LPD 8) Scene Camera Operator: SGT Chris Tourge, Usmc Release Status: Released to Public Combi... More

A Navy CH-46D Sea Knight medium lift assault helicopter flies past USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42), while transferring supplies from the replenishment ship USNS TIPPECANOE (T-AO 199) to USS BELLEAU WOOD (LHA 3). The underway replenishment took place as the ships of the BELLEAU WOOD Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), with the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), made their way to the Persian Gulf

A Navy CH-46D Sea Knight medium lift assault helicopter flies past USS...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: CPL R. M. Katz, Usmc Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Corporal Jeffrey T. Perkerson with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), begins swinging his legs around a rope in order to stop himself while sliding, or fast-roping, from USS USS BELLEAU WOOD's flight deck to its hanger deck. Marines from the MEU's ground combat element spent this morning brushing up on their fast roping and rappelling skills from a static CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter

Corporal Jeffrey T. Perkerson with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Uss Belleau Wood (LHA 3) Scene Camera Operator: SGT Chris Tourg, Usmc Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photogr... More

CHIEF of Naval Operations (CNO), Admiral Jay L. Johnson, speaks to US Marines and sailors aboard USS BELLEAU WOOD (LHA 3) during an afternoon formation on Thanksgiving Day. The CNO spent the day visiting with Marines and sailors of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and BELLEAU WOOD Amphibious Ready Group (ARG). (U.S. Marine Corps photo by SGT. Chris Tourge)

CHIEF of Naval Operations (CNO), Admiral Jay L. Johnson, speaks to US ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Uss Belleau Wood (LHA 3) Scene Camera Operator: SGT Chris Tourge, Usmc Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photog... More

31st Marine Expeditionary Unit members Lance Corporal Ricardo Avitia (left), a rifleman helps Corporal Jimmy M. Hussey get his M40 chemical-biological field mask fitted properly. Nuclear, Biological, Chemical (NBC) protective equipment was a major concern of these Marines as they set up defensive positions in the desert somewhere in Southwestern Asia

31st Marine Expeditionary Unit members Lance Corporal Ricardo Avitia (...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: CPL R. M. Katz, Usmc Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

With entrenching tool in hand, Lance Corporal Patrick F. Gonzales, a 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) machine-gunner, scoops away dirt and sand in the construction of his fighting hole somewhere in southwestern Asia

With entrenching tool in hand, Lance Corporal Patrick F. Gonzales, a 3...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: CPL R. M. Katz, Usmc Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Marines get their Christmas gift, a ride back to ship. As the sun rose on Christmas morning, an airlift brought these Marines from Battalion Landing Team (BLT) 2/4, the MEU's ground combat element, back to the ships of the BELLEAU WOOD Amphibious Ready Group. The Marines spent the last seven days here in support of Operation DESERT FOX. DESERT FOX mission goals are to degrade Saddam Hussein's ability to make and to use weapons of mass destruction

31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Marines get their Christmas gift,...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT FOX Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Sgtmaj Greg Leal, Usmc Release Status: Released to Public Combined Militar... More

Manning the rails aboard USS Belleau Wood

Manning the rails aboard USS Belleau Wood

Okinawa, Japan (Mar. 14, 1999) Marines and Sailors from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and the amphibious assault ship USS Belleau Wood (LHA 3) man the rails as the ship returns to Okinawa after a fo... More

A silhouetted US Marine Corps (USMC) Marine from Battalion Landing Team (BLT) 2nd Battalion (BN)/4th Marine Regiment (MAR REGT) (2/4), the ground combat element of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), rappels to the ground under the jungle sky during training exercises at Jungle Warfare Training Center (JWTC)

A silhouetted US Marine Corps (USMC) Marine from Battalion Landing Tea...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Jungle Warfare Training Center State: Okinawa Country: Japan (JPN) Scene Camera Operator: CPL Art Geahr, USMC Release Status: Released to Public... More

STAFF Sergeant J.J. Rodriguez, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit Public Affairs CHIEF, drinks water through the drinking system in his M40 Field Protective Mask during Nuclear, Biological and Chemical training. The training is conducted to refresh Marines on techniques and equipment used to operate and survive in Nuclear, Biological and Chemical environments that pose threats to U.S. forces, including the Anthrax virus

STAFF Sergeant J.J. Rodriguez, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit Public A...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Marine Corps Base, Camp Hansen State: Okinawa Country: Japan (JPN) Scene Camera Operator: SGT Art Geahr Release Status: Released to Public Combi... More

Lance Corporal Gregorio Alvarez, lying in the prone position, and unidentified Marines with Company A, Battalion Landing Team 1/5, the ground combat element for the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), ensure that there is no avenue of approach uncovered during Training in an Urban Environment Exercise (TRUEX) 99-2. The training is conducted to prepare 31st MEU Marines on the unique situations encountered when operating in urban environments and performing missions including non-combatant evacuations, humanitarian assistance and show-of-force operations

Lance Corporal Gregorio Alvarez, lying in the prone position, and unid...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: TRUEX 99-2 State: Guam Country: Northern Mariana Islands (MNP) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT J.J. Rodriguez, Usmc Release Stat... More

An AH-1W Super Cobra from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 265 (HMM-265), the Air Combat Element (ACE) for the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), lands aboard USS BELLEAU WOOD (LHA 3) during the ACE fly on in preparation for Special Operations Capable qualification Exercise (SOCEX). The SOCEX training exercise prepares the MEU for special missions including humanitarian assistance/disaster relief, non-combatant evacuations, tactical recoveries of aircraft and personnel, amphibious raids, and show-of-force operations

An AH-1W Super Cobra from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 265 (HMM-2...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: USS Belleau Wood (LHA 3) Scene Camera Operator: CPL E.M. Thorne Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A US Navy (USN) Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) performs an amphibious assault in support of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) at Freshwater Beach inside the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA), Queensland, Australia, guided by a member of the Beach MASTER Unit (BMU) during Exercise CROCODILE 99

A US Navy (USN) Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) performs an amphibiou...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Shoalwater Bay State: Queensland Country: Australia (AUS) Scene Camera Operator: GYSGT Blair A. Mcclellan, USMC Release Status: Released to Publ... More

US Marines of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) atop an Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAV) perform an amphibious assault at Freshwater Bay inside the Shoalwater Bay Training Area, Queensland, Australia in support of exercise Crocodile '99

US Marines of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) atop an Amphibi...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: CROCODILE '99 Base: Shoalwater Bay Training Area State: Queensland Country: Australia (AUS) Scene Camera Operator: GYSGT Bla... More

United States Marines from Battalion Landing Team (BLT) Boat Company, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), carry a zodiac raft out to the waters of Freshwater Beach in Shoalwater Bay Training Area in Queensland, Australia, after an early dawn amphibious assault during exercise Crocodile '99

United States Marines from Battalion Landing Team (BLT) Boat Company, ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: CROCODILE '99 Base: Shoalwater Bay Training Area State: Queensland Country: Australia (AUS) Scene Camera Operator: LCPL Ryan... More

United States Marine Battalion Landing Team, Echo 211, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), from Las Puglas, California, pack up an M198 155mm Howitzer, towed by an M939 series (6x6) 5 ton cargo truck, for relocation during exercise Crocodile '99 in the Shoalwater Bay Training Area, Queensland, Australia

United States Marine Battalion Landing Team, Echo 211, 31st Marine Exp...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: CROCODILE '99 Base: Shoalwater Bay Training Area State: Queensland Country: Australia (AUS) Scene Camera Operator: LCPL Ryan... More

The amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) steams in formation with ROKS Kojoon Bong (LST 681) during a Photo Exercise (PHOTOEX).

The amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) steams in formation with...

Off the coast of Republic of Korea The amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) steams in formation with ROKS Kojoon Bong (LST 681) during a Photo Exercise (PHOTOEX). The PHOTOEX was conducted with U.S. Navy s... More

31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU)  USS Essex

31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) USS Essex

At sea aboard USS Essex A CH-53E "Super Stallion" helicopter attached to the Heavy Haulers of Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron Four Six Two (HMH-462) lands aboard the Essex. Additional helicopters and crews ... More

A U.S. Marine AV-8B �Harrier� pilot assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Aviation Combat Element (ACE) performs his pre-flight check before taking off

A U.S. Marine AV-8B �Harrier� pilot assigned to the 31st Marine Expedi...

At sea aboard USS Essex A U.S. Marine AV-8B Harrier pilot assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Aviation Combat Element (ACE) performs his pre-flight check before taking off from the ships flight... More

USS Essex - Distinguished visitors

USS Essex - Distinguished visitors

At sea aboard USS Essex Brigadier General Ashok K. Duggal, Director of Amphibious and Support Operations, and Commander Subroto N. Mukherjee, Command Operations Officer, both of India's newly-established Amphib... More

Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAVs) line the beach below Mount Suribachi on the island of Iwo Jima

Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAVs) line the beach below Mount Suribach...

Iwo Jima, Japan -- Amphibious Assault Vehicles line the beach below Mount Suribachi on the island of Iwo Jima in a static display for the 58th Anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima Commemoration, March 12. Mt.... More

 Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAV) assigned to Battalion Landing Team (BLT) 2/3 and the Republic of Korea group together in front of Republic of Korea Tank Landing Ship Seongin Bong (LST 685).

Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAV) assigned to Battalion Landing Team ...

At sea aboard USS Fort McHenry Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAV) assigned to Battalion Landing Team (BLT) 2/3 and the Republic of Korea group together in front of Republic of Korea Tank Landing Ship Seongin Bon... More

Air Traffic Controller 2nd Class John J. Jones monitors the AN/SPN-43 Precision Approach Radar from the helicopter direction center, during flight operations off the coast of Okinawa, Japan

Air Traffic Controller 2nd Class John J. Jones monitors the AN/SPN-43 ...

At sea aboard USS Essex Air Traffic Controller 2nd Class John J. Jones monitors the AN/SPN-43 Precision Approach Radar from the helicopter direction center, during flight operations off the coast of Okinawa, Ja... More

USS Fort McHenry - port bow shot

USS Fort McHenry - port bow shot

At sea with USS Fort McHenry USS Fort McHenry participates in Blue-Green Workups, the semi-annual amphibious integration training period between the USS Essex (LHD 2) Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the embark... More

USMC AAV leaves LPD-10's well deck

USMC AAV leaves LPD-10's well deck

At sea aboard USS Juneau An Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAV) attached to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) launches from the ship's well deck during a mock amphibious landing. The landing is part of Exe... More

AAV launches from the well deck

AAV launches from the well deck

At sea aboard USS Juneau An Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAV) attached to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) is launched from the well deck of the Juneau and makes its way to the beach during Blue-Green Wo... More

USS Essex - Marine silhouette

USS Essex - Marine silhouette

At sea aboard USS Essex A Marine from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) observes Mount Suribachi, as landing craft and aircraft from the Essex transports Sailors, Marines, and their equipment to the hist... More

Instructor teaches sixty two crewmembers aboard USS Essex in elementary Japanese in the ship�s chapel lounge

Instructor teaches sixty two crewmembers aboard USS Essex in elementar...

At sea aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Essex Dr. Minoru Fukuda instructs sixty two crewmembers aboard USS Essex in elementary Japanese in the ships chapel lounge. Dr. Fukuda is a contracted instructor, ... More

USS Fort McHenry

USS Fort McHenry

At sea with USS Fort McHenry The Amphibious Dock Landing Ship participates in the semi-annual amphibious integration training exercise between the USS Essex (LHD 2) Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the embarked... More

Marines with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit climb

Marines with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit climb

Marines with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit climb ropes at the end of the obstacle course at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 15, 2017. 31st MEU Marines participated in the obstacle course together to boos... More

190614-N-DX072-1008 CORAL SEA (June 14, 2019) An SH-60S

190614-N-DX072-1008 CORAL SEA (June 14, 2019) An SH-60S

190614-N-DX072-1008 CORAL SEA (June 14, 2019) An SH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter, assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25, lands on the flight deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48... More

USS Juneau - CH-46

USS Juneau - CH-46

At sea aboard USS Juneau An Aviation Boatswains Mate directs a Marine Corps CH-46 Sea Stallion as it leaves the ships flight deck. The Juneau, part of the USS Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), and the Marines... More

AAV and LCU

AAV and LCU

At sea aboard USS Fort McHenry An Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAV) assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and a Landing Craft Utility (LCU) 1634 assigned to Assault Craft Unit One pass each other ... More

Measuring sea surface temperature

Measuring sea surface temperature

At sea aboard USS Essex An Aerographers Mate Airman uses a thermonitor to measure the sea surface temperature from the signal bridge. Essex, along with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) is conducting Bl... More

Sailors observe Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) 29, assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 5, as it enters the well deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49).

Sailors observe Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) 29, assigned to Assau...

SEA OF JAPAN Sailors observe Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) 29, assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 5, as it enters the well deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49). Harpers Ferry... More

East Timor Community Relations

East Timor Community Relations

SUAI, East Timor -- Commander, Amphibious Force Seventh Fleet, Rear Adm. Paul S. Schultz present volleyballs and basketballs to students during a visit to the Mata Air School in Suai, East Timor. Rear Adm. Sch... More

Marines board CH-46E

Marines board CH-46E

At sea aboard USS Essex Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) board a CH-46E Sea Knight in preparation for a mock amphibious assault. The assault was part of Exercise Foal Eagle, an annual join... More

Marines participate in a small-arms live fire exercises

Marines participate in a small-arms live fire exercises

At sea aboard USS Essex Marines assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), Special Operations Capable (SOC) participate in a small-arms live fire exercises aboard the ship. Essex and the embarked MEU... More

USMC AAV's prepare to leave the ships well deck

USMC AAV's prepare to leave the ships well deck

At sea aboard USS Juneau Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAV) attached to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) prepare to launch from the ship's well deck while conducting mock amphibious landings during Exerc... More

Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC) with Naval Beach

Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC) with Naval Beach

Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC) with Naval Beach Unit 7 move supplies in preparation to board amphibious assault ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18) in the Philippine Sea, Jan. 19. 2021. The 31st MEU is operating a... More

USMC board a CH-53E

USMC board a CH-53E

At sea aboard USS Essex Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) board a CH-53E "Sea Stallion" on the flight deck while conducting a mock amphibious assault. The assault is part of Exercise Foal E... More

CH-53 performs deck landing qualifications

CH-53 performs deck landing qualifications

At sea aboard USS Essex A CH-53E Super Stallion from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Air Combat Element (ACE) performs deck landing qualifications aboard the ship. Essex and the embarked MEU are curren... More

U.S. Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), take aim at their targets on the aft aircraft elevator of the Essex.

U.S. Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), take aim a...

At sea aboard USS Essex U.S. Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), take aim at their targets on the aft aircraft elevator of the Essex. The Marines are conducting shooting exercises while emba... More

Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Five (HC-5), Detachment Six, performs deck landing qualifications aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2).

Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Five (HC-5), Detachment Six, perfor...

At sea aboard USS Essex Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Five (HC-5), Detachment Six, performs deck landing qualifications aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) in their new aircraft, the MH-60... More

31st MEU hits to the beach aboard an LCAC

31st MEU hits to the beach aboard an LCAC

At sea with USS Essex A Landing Craft Air Cushioned (LCAC) from the Essex transports Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and their equipment to the beach for a simulated non-combatant evacuati... More

AAV assault vehicles enter the USS Fort McHenry well deck

AAV assault vehicles enter the USS Fort McHenry well deck

At sea aboard USS Fort McHenry Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAV) assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) enter USS Fort McHenrys well deck. The AAVs, embarked from USS Juneau (LPD 10), are conduct... More

Super Stallion practices vertical replenishment procedures

Super Stallion practices vertical replenishment procedures

At sea aboard USS Essex A CH-53E Super Stallion assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Aviation Combat Element (ACE) practices vertical replenishment (VERTREP) procedures aboard the ship. Essex an... More

USS Essex battle group - formation steaming

USS Essex battle group - formation steaming

At sea with USS Essex Amphibious Readiness Group (ARG) Mar. 11, 2002 -- USS Essex, USS Juneau (LPD 10), USS Germantown (LSD 42), and USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) embar... More

An Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAV) assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Battalion Landing Team (BLT) 2/3 drives off the stern gate of Fort McHenry.

An Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAV) assigned to the 31st Marine Expedi...

At sea aboard USS Fort McHenry An Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAV) assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Battalion Landing Team (BLT) 2/3 drives off the stern gate of Fort McHenry during Exercise... More

 A U.S. Marine AV-8B �Harrier� pilot assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit�s  (MEU) Aviation Combat Element (ACE) performs his pre-flight checks

A U.S. Marine AV-8B �Harrier� pilot assigned to the 31st Marine Exped...

At sea aboard USS Essex A U.S. Marine AV-8B Harrier pilot assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Units (MEU) Aviation Combat Element (ACE) performs his pre-flight checks, as CH-46 Sea Knights circle above E... More

A Sailor stands watch on the ship�s navigational bridge as the forward lookout watch

A Sailor stands watch on the ship�s navigational bridge as the forward...

At sea aboard USS Essex Signalman 2nd Class Donald Alvarado stands watch on the ships navigational bridge as the forward lookout watch. Lookout watches scan the ocean for any activity in the vicinity of the sh... More

American and Filipino Marines and Sailors arrive at Ternate Beach,

American and Filipino Marines and Sailors arrive at Ternate Beach,

Luzon, Philippines - American and Filipino Marines and Sailors arrive at Ternate Beach, Philippines, as part of Blue/Green Workups, a bi-annual joint training exercise designed to develop joint cooperation and ... More

USS Essex - 31st MEU

USS Essex - 31st MEU

At sea aboard USS Essex Marines of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) maintain security of a passageway, as other members of the platoon continue searching the ship during close quarter battle training ab... More

Marines from Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) launch Combat Rigid Raider Crafts (CRRC) from the stern gate while rehearsing for an upcoming raid. Training objectives included proper launch and recovery during hours of daylight, dusk and darkness. The unique aspect about today's training was that Fox Marines allowed two 'guests' in each boat. Marines from various elements of the MEU signed up to get their first 'ride' in a CRRC and enjoyed their first taste of the open ocean 'Fox style.'

Marines from Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expe...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: USS Juneau (LPD 10) Scene Camera Operator: SGT Bryce R. Piper Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

After awarding the Meritorious Unit Citation to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), President William Jefferson Clinton shakes the hand of US Marine Corps Colonel James M. Lowe, Commanding Officer, 31st MEU, during a ceremony in Okinawa, Japan. The president is visiting Japan as part of a multinational summit involving the eight leading industrialized nations

After awarding the Meritorious Unit Citation to the 31st Marine Expedi...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: State: Okinawa Country: Japan (JPN) Scene Camera Operator: SGT Jason M. Carter, Usmc Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digit... More

President William Jefferson Clinton and US Marine Corps Colonel James M. Lowe, Commanding Officer, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), attach the Meritorious Unit Citation battle streamer to the official colors of the 31st MEU during a ceremony in Okinawa, Japan. The president is visiting Japan as part of a multinational summit involving the eight leading industrialized nations

President William Jefferson Clinton and US Marine Corps Colonel James ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: State: Okinawa Country: Japan (JPN) Scene Camera Operator: SGT Jason M. Carter, Usmc Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digit... More

Two USMC CH-46 (Sea Knight) Cargo Helicopters, part of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 262 (HMM-262), practice landing onto the flight deck of the USS Essex (LHD 2). The Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit who spent two months participating in various training operations on and off the coast of Okinawa, Japan, Sasebo, Japan, Pohang, Korea, and Hong Kong, China. China

Two USMC CH-46 (Sea Knight) Cargo Helicopters, part of Marine Medium H...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: USS Essex (LHD 2) State: Okinawa Country: Japan (JPN) Scene Camera Operator: LCPL Ryan T. Ledoux Release Status: Released to Public Combined Mil... More

Two USMC CH-46 (Sea Knight) Cargo Helicopters, part of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 262 (HMM-262), take off from the flight deck of the USS Essex (LHD 2). The Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit who spent two months participating with various training operations on and off the coast of Okinawa, Japan, Sasebo, Japan, Pohang, Korea, and Hong Kong, China

Two USMC CH-46 (Sea Knight) Cargo Helicopters, part of Marine Medium H...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: USS Exxes (LHD 2) State: Okinawa Country: Japan (JPN) Scene Camera Operator: LCPL Ryan T. Ledoux Release Status: Released to Public Combined Mil... More

An AH-1W Sea Cobra Helicopter, part of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 262 (HMM-262), lands on the flight deck of the USS Essex (LPH 2). The Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit who spent two months participating in various training operations on and off the coast of Okinawa, Japan, Sasebo, Japan, Pohang, Korea, and Hong Kong, China

An AH-1W Sea Cobra Helicopter, part of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadr...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: USS Exxes (LHD 2) State: Okinawa Country: Japan (JPN) Scene Camera Operator: LCPL Ryan T. Ledoux Release Status: Released to Public Combined Mil... More

Marines from the Light Armored Vehicle Platoon, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, the Ground Combat Element of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), Okinawa, Japan, drive off a Naval Landing Craft Air Cushioned (LCAC). The LCAC brought the Marines ashore from USS ESSEX (LHD 2) in a training exercise preparing for the MEU's Special Operations Capable Qualification Exercise (SOCEX). The MEU is embarked aboard the Essex Amphibious Ready Group for SOCEX, which will certify the MEU's capability to execute any mission in its area of operation

Marines from the Light Armored Vehicle Platoon, Battalion Landing Team...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: SOCEX State: Okinawa Country: Japan (JPN) Scene Camera Operator: SGT Bryce R. Piper Release Status: Released to Public Combi... More

A US Navy Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC), from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), departs from the USS Essex (LHD 2), for a training mission. The US Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit spent two months participating in various training operations on and off the coast of Okinawa, Japan, Sasebo, Japan, Pohang, Korea, and Hong Kong, China

A US Navy Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC), from the 31st Marine Exped...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: USS Essex (LHD 2) State: Okinawa Country: Japan (JPN) Scene Camera Operator: LCPL Ryan T. Ledoux Release Status: Released to Public Combined Mil... More

US Navy sailors, perform a Foreign Object Debris (FOD) sweep before letting any aircraft arrive or depart from the USS Essex (LHD 2) flight deck. The US Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) spent two months participating in various training operations on and off the coast of Okinawa, Japan, Sasebo, Japan, Pohang, Korea, and Hong Kong, China

US Navy sailors, perform a Foreign Object Debris (FOD) sweep before le...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: USS Essex (LHD 2) State: Okinawa Country: Japan (JPN) Scene Camera Operator: LCPL Ryan T. Ledoux Release Status: Released to Public Combined Mil... More

A US Navy Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), exits the well deck of the USS Essex (LHD 2) for a training mission. The US Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit spent two months participating in various training operations on and off the coast of Okinawa, Japan, Sasebo, Japan, Pohang, Korea, and Hong Kong, China

A US Navy Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) from the 31st Marine Expedi...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: USS Essex (LHD 2) State: Okinawa Country: Japan (JPN) Scene Camera Operator: LCPL Ryan T. Ledoux Release Status: Released to Public Combined Mil... More

Three US Navy Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC), from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit's (MEU), waits to exit the rear of the USS Essex (LHD 2) for a training mission. The US Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit spent two months participating in various training operations on and off the coast of Okinawa, Japan, Sasebo, Japan, Pohang, Korea, and Hong Kong, China

Three US Navy Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC), from the 31st Marine E...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: USS Exxes (LHD 2) State: Okinawa Country: Japan (JPN) Scene Camera Operator: LCPL Ryan T. Ledoux Release Status: Released to Public Combined Mil... More

US Marines from Combat Cargo aboard the USS Essex (LHD 2), carry a (simulated) wounded Marine on a stretcher. The Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit spent two months participating in Special Operations Capable Exercises (SOCEX) and various training operations on and off the coast of Okinawa, Japan, Sasebo, Japan, Pohang, Korea, and Hong Kong, China

US Marines from Combat Cargo aboard the USS Essex (LHD 2), carry a (si...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: FOAL EAGLE 2000 Base: USS Essex (LHD 2) State: Okinawa Country: Japan (JPN) Scene Camera Operator: LCPL Ryan T. Ledoux Rele... More

A USMC CH-46E (Sea Knight) helicopter from Marine Helicopter Squadron Medium (HMM 262), come in for a landing on the flight deck of the USS Essex (LHD 2). Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), held Special Operations Capable Exercises (SOCEX) and spent two months participating in various training operations on and off the coast of Okinawa, Japan, Sasebo, Japan, Pohang, Korea, and Hong Kong, China

A USMC CH-46E (Sea Knight) helicopter from Marine Helicopter Squadron ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: USS Essex (LHD 2) State: Okinawa Country: Japan (JPN) Scene Camera Operator: LCPL Ryan T. Ledoux Release Status: Released to Public Combined Mil... More

A USMC UH-1N Huey helicopter from Marine Helicopter Squadron Medium (HMM 262) makes a landing approach on the flight deck of the USS Essex (LHD 2), during the Special Operations Capable Exercise (SOCEX). The Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit spent two months participating with various training operations on and off the coast of Okinawa, Japan, Sasebo, Japan, Pohang, Korea, and Hong Kong, China

A USMC UH-1N Huey helicopter from Marine Helicopter Squadron Medium (H...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: USS Essex (LHD 2) State: Okinawa Country: Japan (JPN) Scene Camera Operator: LCPL Ryan T. Ledoux Release Status: Released to Public Combined Mil... More

The USS Essex (LHD 2) sits docked at the White Beach port in Okinawa, Japan. While its crew gets some well-deserved liberty time after being on board for two weeks for the Amphibious Ready Group Exercise (ARGEX) and Special Operations Capable Exercise (SOCEX). The US Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit spent two months participating in various training operations on and off the coast of Okinawa, Japan, Sasebo, Japan, Pohang, Korea, and Hong Kong, China

The USS Essex (LHD 2) sits docked at the White Beach port in Okinawa, ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: White Beach Port State: Okinawa Country: Japan (JPN) Scene Camera Operator: LCPL Ryan T. Ledoux Release Status: Released to Public Combined Mili... More

A USMC Marine CH-46 (Sea Knight) helicopter from Marine Helicopter Squadron Medium (HMM 262) hovers above the USS Essexs (LHD 2), flight deck while Marines from Battalion Landing Team (BLT) practice fast roping. The Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit spent two months participating in various training operations on and off the coast of Okinawa, Japan, Sasebo, Japan, Pohang, Korea, and Hong Kong, China

A USMC Marine CH-46 (Sea Knight) helicopter from Marine Helicopter Squ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: USS Essex (LHD 2) State: Okinawa Country: Japan (JPN) Scene Camera Operator: LCPL Ryan T. Ledoux Release Status: Released to Public Combined Mil... More

During Captain Thomas Parker's change of command for the USS Essex (LHD 2), Command MASTER CHIEF J.D. Cortez presents him with the Commissioning Pennant (and old Navy tradition) while in port at Sasebo, Japan. The US Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit spent two months participating in various training operations on and off the coast of Okinawa, Japan, Sasebo, Japan, Pohang, Korea, and Hong Kong, China. Sasebo, Japan, Pohang, Korea, and Hong Kong, China. (USMC photo by Ryan T. LeDoux) (released)

During Captain Thomas Parker's change of command for the USS Essex (LH...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: USS Essex (LHD 2) State: Sasebo Country: Japan (JPN) Scene Camera Operator: LCPL Ryan T. Ledoux Release Status: Released to Public Combined Mili... More

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