Marines with Battalion Landing Team 3/1 descend from a CH-46E Sea Knight flown by pilots with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 268 (Reinforced) aboard the ship here June 19 with civilian guests watching from the shipâ€™s flight deck and superstructure. The landing team and squadron are the ground-combat and aviation-combat elements, respectively, for the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit. The unit embarked the ship, as wells as USS New Orleans and USS Pearl Harbor in San Diego Nov. 14, beginning a seven-month deployment to the Western Pacific, Horn of Africa and Middle East regions.
Marines of Black Sea Rotational Force 12 disembark a Polish amphibious tractor while conducting an amphibious landing during Exercise BALTOPS 2012, June 4. The Marines and sailors of BSRF-12 joined Lithuanian infantry soldiers in the first amphibious landing on Lithuanian soil in 40 years.
Marines with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit and sailors aboard USS Pearl Harbor man the rails as USS Pearl Harbor sails into Pearl Harbor here June 13. The unit embarked the ship, as well as USS Makin Island and USS New Orleans in San Diego Nov. 14, beginning a seven-month deployment to the Western Pacific, Horn of Africa and Middle East regions.
Corporal Adeoluwa Sopade, a meteorology and oceanography analyst with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force, and native of East Windsor, N.J. fires non-lethal rounds from a Mossberg 590 shotgun with other Marines during an exercise designed to familiarize them with the weapon system. The service members participated in non-lethal weapons and familiarization exercises, June 8 and 9. The training, which included firing multiple weapon systems and different fire maneuvers, is to prepare the Marines to provide limited support in the event of a crisis in the U.S. Africa Command area of responsibility.