A reconnaissance Marine with Battalion Landing Team 3/1 descends down a thick, plaited rope rigged to a UH-1Y Huey flown by pilots with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 268 on to USS Makin Island’s flight deck here May 31. The landing team serves as the ground combat element with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit. The unit embarked the ship, as well as USS New Orleans and USS Pearl Harbor in San Diego Nov. 14, beginning a seven-month deployment to the Western Pacific, Horn of Africa and Middle East regions. US Marines photo by By Cpl. Gene Allen Ainsworth III.