31st MEU Embarks USS Germantown

Marines assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) embarked the forward-deployed amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) to support patrol with the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group (PEL ARG).


The 538 Marines embarked with a variety of equipment to support amphibious operations including 7-ton trucks, Humvees, Logistics Vehicle Systems, heavy cargo trucks and three Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC).

Germantown and the 31st MEU will play an important role in the PEL ARG Amphibious Integration Training (AIT), Certification Exercise (CERTEX), joint forces exercises with partner-nations and supporting security and stability operations in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility.

Before departing White Beach, Germantown’s crew hosted a United States Marine Corps Family Day, allowing Marines to show their families where they would be living during this patrol.

Germantown is currently underway conducting joint forces exercises with the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.

Press Release, September 10, 2014; Image: US Navy

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