Capt. Michael Gucwa an, AV-8B Harrier pilot with VMA-311, explains the training and importance of the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) while underway in the Pacific Ocean, June 9, 2017. During the flight Harrier pilots fired the (APKWS), a laser-guided rocket, for the first time in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. VMA-311 is the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit’s fixed-wing attack asset and are combined with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), to make up the 31st MEU’s Aviation Combat Element. The 31st MEU partners with the Navy’s Amphibious Squadron 11 to form amphibious component of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group. The 31st MEU and PHIBRON 11 combine to provide a cohesive blue-green team capable of accomplishing a variety of missions across the Indo-Asia-Pacific.
Published on July 6, 2017 by Nicholas Hoffman