31st MEU to conduct training on Guam
USS BONHOMME RICHARD, At Sea (Sep. 13, 2012) – Approximately 2,200 Marines and sailors of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, embarked aboard ships of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group, are scheduled to conduct readiness training on Guam from September 18 to 25.
The BHR ARG and the 31st MEU will conduct a wide range of training operations to enhance unit readiness between the Navy and Marine Corps team. The 31st MEU will be conducting several ship-to-shore training operations, including amphibious operations, various raids, humanitarian aid and disaster relief, and other combat service support operations.
Marines will be operating only on U.S. military facilities, including Apra Harbor, Andersen Air Force Base, and Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station Guam.
The training will meet the unit’s mission essential training requirements necessary to maintain readiness and proficiency in executing a multitude of contingency operations.
In addition to this regularly scheduled training, a platoon-sized element of Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers will train alongside the MEU's Marines and sailors to develop greater interoperability of forces in accordance with the Japan-U.S. Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security, signed Jan. 19, 1960. JGSDF participation in this exercise follows the April U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee, also known as the 2+2 statement, calling for more bilateral security and defense cooperation, strengthening interoperability between U.S. forces and the JGSDF, and the shared use of training ranges and facilities in Guam. Japanese soldiers will integrate with the MEU's Marines and sailors during certain previously-coordinated aspects of the training.
The ARG / MEU team provides a forward-deployed, flexible, sea-based force capable of conducting amphibious operations, crisis response and limited contingency operations in the Asia-Pacific area.
The BHR ARG includes the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), the amphibious transport dock ship USS Denver (LPD 9), and the dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD 46).
Always ready to respond, the 31st MEU is prepared to provide humanitarian aid and disaster relief when directed. The 31st MEU is the only continually forward-deployed MEU and remains the Marine Corps’ force-in-readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.