U.S. Marines with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Maritime Raid Force fast-rope from an Sikorsky MH-60R during maritime interoperability training off the coast of Santa Barbara, Calif., Jan. 16, 2015. The training prepares the Marines for their upcoming deployment by enhancing their combat skills, and teaching them techniques for boarding vessels.
Marines from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), assigned to the combat cargo division of the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8), secure a pallet during an underway replenishment aboard the Makin Island, Jan. 6, 2014. The 11th MEU is deployed with Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout U.S. Central Command and 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
Marines with Golf Company, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), off-load from a CH-53E Super Stallion with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 163 (Reinforced), 11th MEU, aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8), Dec. 12. The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit are deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.