dvids More than 2,000 Marines and Sailors with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit embarked aboard Navy ships of Amphibious Squadron 11 to begin a patrol of the Asia-Pacific region. via Capt. Jennifer Giles
'This is already the 31st MEU’s second deployment of the year, the first
was in spring where the Marines and Sailors participated in a theater
security cooperation event in Malaysia, worked alongside Republic of
Korea Marines for the Korean Marine Exchange Program 15.1, and landed an
MV-22B Osprey for the first time ever on the flight deck of a Republic
of Korea Navy amphibious assault ship. The patrol lasted from February
to April 2015.
'While on this regularly-scheduled patrol, the 31st MEU expects to
participate in regional theater security cooperation exercises, complete
a certification exercise as well as any contingency missions.
'"The Marines and Sailors of 31st MEU are eager and ready to begin our
deployment. They have been grooming equipment and training all summer in
preparation for this underway period,” according to Col. Romin
Dasmalchi, commanding officer of the 31st MEU. “This deployment is also
quite special because, for the first time, (Japanese Ground Self-Defense
Force) soldiers will be deploying with us to practice amphibious
operations, and we are going to integrate with our Australian partners
and others as well. As always, we look forward to linking up with our
Navy partners with PHIBRON 11 to form our (Amphibious Readiness
Group/Marine Expeditionary Unit) team."'