June 09, 2015

"The 31st MEU is the only continually forward-deployed MEU in the Marine Corps, and remains the force-in-readiness in the Asia-Pacific region."

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."'

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