31st MEU Delivers Marines and Sailors 300 Miles Inland for Exercise Koolendong 13


09/1/2013: Marines and sailors with Company E., Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, offload from an MV-22 Osprey with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st MEU, to participate in Exercise Koolendong 13 here, Aug. 30.

The 31st MEU is moving a battalion-sized force more than 300 miles inland to conduct a live-fire training exercise.

The exercise reinforces why the 31st MEU is the force of choice for the Asia-Pacific region.Also participating in the exercise is the Marine Rotational Force – Darwin and soldiers of the 5th Royal Australian Army.

The 31st MEU, supported by the USS Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group, brings what it needs to sustain itself to accomplish the mission or to pave the way for follow-on forces.

The size and composition of the 31st MEU makes it well suited for amphibious operations, which includes raids, assaults, evacuations and humanitarian assistance operations.

 Credit: 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit:8/30/13