Fly In The Harrier

  • Apr 7, 2015 6:04am GMT

Just over a year ago the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit launched a new video series: Welcome to the MEU. It gives the public a rare chance to go behind the scenes with US Marines. In this episode the AV-8B Harrier is featured with both inside and outside cameras as it does short take offs and vertical landings on the flight deck of the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). Note: Pilot Captain Kyle Hosley is yet another pilot who got interested in flying after his family took him to an air show.

The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) is one of seven Marine Expeditionary Units in existence in the United States Marine Corps. A Ground Task Force with a strength of about 2,200 personnel. The MEU consists of a company-sized command element, a battalion landing team, a medium tiltrotor squadron, (which includes detachments of VTOL airplanes and heavy, light, and attack helicopters) and a combat logistics battalion. The 31st MEU is based at Camp Hansen, Marine Corps Base Camp Smedley D. Butler, Okinawa, Japan. This is the only permanently forward-deployed MEU, and is America's expeditionary force-in-readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.

Video: 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.