U.S. Marines, Australian Soldiers Participate in Exercise Koolendong in Australia

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Aaron Longberry sits on the ramp of an MV-22 Osprey aircraft while circling the training area during exercise Koolendong 13 in Australia, Aug. 30, 2013. Longberry, a crew chief, is assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 Reinforced, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. A battalion-sized force is conducting a live-fire training exercise more than 300 miles inland, with participation from the Marine Rotational Force - Darwin and soldiers of the 5th battalion, Royal Australian Regiment. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Codey Underwood
  • U.S. Marines begin offload from an MV-22 Osprey aircraft on Landing Zone Mallard during exercise Koolendong 13 on Bradshaw Field Training Area, Australia, Aug. 30, 2013. U.S. Marine Corps photo
  • U.S. Marines offload from an MV-22 Osprey aircraft on Landing Zone Mallard during exercise Koolendong 13 on Bradshaw Field Training Area, Australia, Aug. 30, 2013. U.S. Marine Corps photo
  • U.S. Marines and sailors offload from an MV-22 Osprey aircraft assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265, on Landing Zone Mallard during exercise Koolendong 13 on Bradshaw Field Training Area, Australia, Aug. 30, 2013. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jonathan Wright
  • Light armored reconnaissance vehicles finish a 379 mile movement into the Australian outback, Aug. 31, 2013. The convoy, led by Combat Logisitics Battalion 31, 31st MEU, comprised 189 Marines in a line of 57 vehicles traveling from Darwin to the training area for exercise Koolendong 13. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Codey Underwood
  • U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Thaddeus V. Drake Jr., left foreground, conducts a rehearsal of concept for the next day's live-fire assault during exercise Koolendong 13 in Australia, Sept. 2, 2013. Drake is the commanding officer of Weapons Company, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Codey Underwood
  • U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jon D. Romero fires a .50 caliber GAU-21 machine gun from a UH-1Y Venom helicopter during exercise Koolendong 13 in Australia, Sept. 2, 2013. Romero, a crew chief, is assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 Reinforced, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. Three Venom helicopters and four MV-22 Osprey aircraft are being used in the exercise. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Paul Robbins
  • U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Brian D. Richardson fires a 7.62mm GAU-17/A weapon system from a UH-1Y Venom helicopter during exercise Koolendong 13 in Australia, Sept. 2, 2013. Richardson, a crew chief, is assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 Reinforced, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Paul Robbins
  • U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Brian D. Richardson watches an aircraft similar to his UH-1Y Venom helicopter, prepare to take off from a landing zone during exercise Koolendong 13 in Australia, Sept. 2, 2013. Richardson, a crew chief, is assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 Reinforced, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Paul Robbins
  • U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jon D. Romero adjusts a .50 caliber GAU-21 machine gun aboard a UH-1Y Venom helicopter during exercise Koolendong 13 in Australia, Sept. 2, 2013. Romero, a crew chief, is assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 Reinforced, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Paul Robbins