Reconnaissance Marines Conduct VBSS Operations in Hawaii

first published on January 21, 2019 by

Reconnaissance Marines with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Raid Force conduct VBSS training in preparation for their upcoming deployment.


Reconnaissance Marines are one of the primary reasons that Marine Expeditionary Units are Special Operations Capable. Inside of their deep tactical tool-kits comes a plethora of operational capabilities that give that Marine Expeditionary Units loads of flexibility while they are abroad at sea conducting security operations for the United States of America. One of the operational tasks that Reconnaissance Marines are often tasked with is the VBSS mission type, otherwise known as Visit, Board, Search and Seizure.

There are a number of reasons that a Marine Expeditionary Unit would need to be capable of conducting a VBSS mission while at sea, which is why Marines train to a high standard in this specific operational tasking. Interdicting pirates and drug smugglers, reclaiming ships hi-jacked by terror organizations, and searching the small boats of suspected poachers are all reasons why United States Marines would need to board another vessel while acting as the force in readiness for the United States of America.

While Marines are far from the only unit capable of conducting VBSS operations, they are one of the most likely groups required to do so. Below is video footage from a unit of Reconnaissance Marines with the 31st MEU as they conduct VBSS training aboard Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe Bay. Video courtesy the United States Marine Corps and Cpl. Isaac Cantrell.