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Blackhearts Train at Night

Marines assigned to Fox Company, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit — nicknamed the Blackhearts — recently participated in well deck operations training aboard the USS New Orleans.

Marines in two rubber boats on a ship's deck throw lines to sailors on the ship.
Line Labor
Marines throw and receive lines from sailors during a well deck operations ship verification aboard the USS New Orleans in the Philippine Sea, Aug. 1, 2022.
Photo By: Marine Corps Sgt. Danny Gonzalez
VIRIN: 220801-M-MR595-0764Y

The Marines conducted the training at night with sailors assigned to the amphibious transport dock ship in the Philippine Sea.

Marines in an inflatable boat in water approach ship deck.
Boat Business
Marine Corps 1st Lt. Gardy Lebon, executive officer of Fox Company, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, lays on a combat rubber raiding craft during a well deck operations ship verification aboard the USS New Orleans in the Philippine Sea, Aug. 1, 2022.
Photo By: Marine Corps Sgt. Danny Gonzalez
VIRIN: 220801-M-MR595-0952Y
A sailor shown from behind holds a line on a ship's deck.
Boat Business
A sailor aboard the USS New Orleans holds a line during a well deck operations ship verification in the Philippine Sea, Aug. 1, 2022.
Photo By: Marine Corps Sgt. Danny Gonzalez
VIRIN: 220801-M-MR595-0929Y
Marines paddle in a boat out of a ship's deck into water at night.
Paddling Out
Marines assigned to Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and Navy Cmdr. Randall Schimpf, USS New Orleans executive officer, paddle out during a well deck operations ship verification in the Philippine Sea, Aug. 1, 2022.
Photo By: Marine Corps Sgt. Danny Gonzalez
VIRIN: 220801-M-MR595-0461V

The Marine expeditionary unit is operating aboard the ships of the Tripoli Amphibious Ready Group, working to defend peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.

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