The amphibious transport dock ship, USS Green Bay (LPD 20) arrived in Okinawa, Japan Aug. 27.
The ship is visiting Okinawa to offload personnel and equipment from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU).
The offload began with aircraft and personnel from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 265 (Reinforced) departing the flight deck. The offload continues as Green Bay’s deck department mans the well deck to deploy landing craft utility (LCUs) and landing craft air cushion (LCACs), assigned to Navy Beach Unit (NBU) 7, loaded with equipment and vehicles to transport ashore. Meanwhile, cranes lift gear from the ship’s flight deck and personnel carry smaller items across the brow.
Since July, members of the 31st MEU have played an integral role in the ship’s aviation and amphibious operations.
Throughout the underway period embarked Marines conducted extensive combat rubber raiding craft (CRRC) operations including preparation for missions through multiple launches and recoveries from Green Bay’s well. This was indispensable during Talisman Sabre when the boat company participated in a large-scale amphibious assault exercise.
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