31st MEU and Japanese in Joint Operation

10/03/2012: 31st MEU and Japanese in Joint Operation
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  • In the first photo, a combat rubber raiding craft baring Marines and Sailors with Company F., Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and soldiers with 1st Company, 51st Infantry Regiment, 15th Brigade, Japanese Ground Self Defense Force approaches the beach during a boat raid here, September 22.The JGSDF are integrated into BLT 2/1 during the MEU’s Fall Patrol deployment, where they conduct bilateral exercises to help strengthen military ties between Japan and the US. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • In the second photo, six combat rubber raiding craft baring Marines and Sailors with Company F., Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and soldiers with 1st Company, 51st Infantry Regiment, 15th Brigade, Japanese Ground Self Defense Force approaches the beach during a boat raid here, September 22.
  • In the third photo, a Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldier looks down the sights of his Howa Type 89 assault rifle while laying in the prone position during their integrated amphibious raid here, Sept. 22.Working alongside Marines of Company F., Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, the Japanese soldiers of 1st Company, 51st Infantry Regiment, 15th Brigade, Western Army, JGSDF conducted various amphibious-borne training evolutions aimed at strengthening both militaries’ interoperability.
  • In the final photo, soldiers with 1st Company, 51st Infantry Regiment, 15th Brigade, Japanese Ground Self Defense Force Patrols along a road after extracting from combat rubber raiding craft during a boat raid here, Sept. 22.

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