A Marine assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit fast ropes aboard the USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) while at sea March 19, 2013. The 26th MEU is deploying to the 5th Fleet and 6th Fleet areas of operation. The MEU operates continuously across the globe, providing the president and unified combatant commanders with a forward-deployed, sea-based, quick-reaction force. The MEU is a Marine Air-Ground Task Force capable of conducting amphibious operations, crisis-response and limited contingency operations.
photo courtesy of: Cpl. Kyle N. Runnels, USMC