24th MEU Marines fast-rope on USS Saipan: Photo Essay

5 Apr 2004 | Sgt. Zachary A. Bathon

One day after conducting fast-rope training from a static helicopter, Marines from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit practiced the insertion technique from hovering CH-46E Sea Knight and CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters onto the Flight Deck of the ship April 5. The Marines are members of Alpha Company, Battalion Landing Team, 1st Bn., 2nd Marines -- the Ground Combat Element of the 24th MEU. This training was part of the 24th MEU's Expeditionary Strike Group/MEU Integration Exercise.