11th Marine Expeditionary Unit

 

11th Marine Expeditionary Unit

'Pride of the Pacific'

Camp Pendleton, CA
11th MEU Marines conduct Battle Skills Test
11th MEU Battle Skills Test
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Cpl. Gary Fultz, a Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear Defense clerk, puts on the Mission Oriented Protective Posture trousers during a conditioning hike on March 7. The purpose of the conditioning hikes are to incrementally increase the weight and distances Marines’ hike to strengthen their bodies while under load. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jacob A. Farbo)
11th MEU Marines conduct Battle Skills Test
11th MEU Battle Skills Test
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Cpl. Gary Fultz, a Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear Defense clerk, puts on a M50 Field Protective Mask during a conditioning hike on March 7. The purpose of the conditioning hikes are to incrementally increase the weight and distances Marines’ hike to strengthen their bodies while under load. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jacob A. Farbo)
11th MEU Marines conduct Battle Skills Test
11th MEU Battle Skills Test
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Marines and Sailors with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit conduct a conditioning hike on March 7. The purpose of the conditioning hikes are to incrementally increase the weight and distances Marines’ hike to strengthen their bodies while under load. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jacob A. Farbo)
11th MEU Marines conduct Battle Skills Test
11th MEU Battle Skills Test
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Cpl. Gary Fultz, a Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear Defense clerk, gives a class on how to detect biological agents, before entering a gas chamber as part of requirements for the basic skills test on March 7. The basic skills test will evaluate the individual Marine on their over all combat readiness to include basic weapon handling, radio operating and basic infantry skills. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jacob A. Farbo)
11th MEU Marines conduct Battle Skills Test
11th MEU Battle Skills Test
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Maj. Ariel Armstrong, an exchange officer from the Australian Army with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, wraps an ace bandage around a simulated sprained ankle during training for the battle skills test on March 6. The battle skills test is a requirement to ensure every Marine is maintaining the basic entry level training learned at the beginning of every Marines' career. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jacob A. Farbo)
11th MEU Marines conduct Battle Skills Test
11th MEU Battle Skills Test
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Cpl. Seth Gordan, a Radio Operator with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, gives a class on how to assemble the AN/PRC-117F/G Multiband Manpack Radio as part of the battle skills test on March 7. The battle skills test will evaluate the individual Marine on their over all combat readiness to include basic weapon handling, radio operating and basic infantry skills. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jacob A. Farbo)
11th MEU Marines conduct Battle Skills Test
11th MEU Battle Skills Test
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Col. Fridrik Fridriksson, the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit Commanding Officer, observes as Marines assemble and test the AN/PRC-117F/G Multiband Manpack Radio on March 6, during the Battle Skills Test. Established by the Commandant of the Marine Corps in 2017, the Battle Skills Test is a requirement to ensure all Marines sustain proficiency in 30 of the 178 common skills taught during entry level training. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jacob A. Farbo)
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif - Col. Fridrik Fridriksson, commanding officer of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, presents a oar as a gift to Col. Ryuki Toyota, the commanding officer of the Western Army Infantry Regiment, Japan Ground Self Defense Force during the closing ceremony of exercise Iron Fist 2018, Feb. 12. Iron Fist is an annual, bilateral training exercise where U.S. and Japanese service members train together and share techniques, tactics and procedures to improve their combined operational capabilities. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jacob A. Farbo)
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MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif - Col. Fridrik Fridriksson, commanding officer of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, presents a oar as a gift to Col. Ryuki Toyota, the commanding officer of the Western Army Infantry Regiment, Japan Ground Self Defense Force during the closing ceremony of exercise Iron Fist 2018, Feb. 12. Iron Fist is an annual, bilateral training exercise where U.S. and Japanese service members train together and share techniques, tactics and procedures to improve their combined operational capabilities. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jacob A. Farbo)
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – A Japan Ground Self Defense Force Soldier aims down the sights of a Dragon Fire 120-Millimeter Heavy Mortar on San Clemente Island during exercise Iron Fist 2018, Feb. 2. Exercise Iron Fist brings together U.S. Marines from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Soldiers from the JGSDF, Western Army Infantry Regiment, to improve their bilateral planning, communicating, and conducting of combined amphibious operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jacob A. Farbo)
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MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – A Japan Ground Self Defense Force Soldier aims down the sights of a Dragon Fire 120-Millimeter Heavy Mortar on San Clemente Island during exercise Iron Fist 2018, Feb. 2. Exercise Iron Fist brings together U.S. Marines from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Soldiers from the JGSDF, Western Army Infantry Regiment, to improve their bilateral planning, communicating, and conducting of combined amphibious operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jacob A. Farbo)
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – U.S. Marines with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion prepares demolition cable to conduct a simulated roof breach while conducting Urban Explosive Demolitions training during exercise Iron Fist 2018, Jan. 19. Exercise Iron Fist is an annual bilateral training exercise where U.S. and Japanese service members train together and share technique, tactics and procedures to improve their combined operational capabilities. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Robert Alejandre)
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MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – U.S. Marines with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion prepares demolition cable to conduct a simulated roof breach while conducting Urban Explosive Demolitions training during exercise Iron Fist 2018, Jan. 19. Exercise Iron Fist is an annual bilateral training exercise where U.S. and Japanese service members train together and share technique, tactics and procedures to improve their combined operational capabilities. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Robert Alejandre)
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Japan Ground Self Defense Soldiers run a simulated casualty to the pick up zone during exercise Iron Fist 2018, Jan. 22. Iron Fist is an annual, bilateral training exercise where U.S. and Japanese service members train together and share techniques, tactics and procedures to improve their combined operational capabilities. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jacob A. Farbo)
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MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Japan Ground Self Defense Soldiers run a simulated casualty to the pick up zone during exercise Iron Fist 2018, Jan. 22. Iron Fist is an annual, bilateral training exercise where U.S. and Japanese service members train together and share techniques, tactics and procedures to improve their combined operational capabilities. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jacob A. Farbo)
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Soldiers with the Western Army Infantry Regiment, Japan Ground Self Defense Force run to their next objective during a live fire and maneuver range aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton during exercise Iron Fist 2018, Jan. 18. Iron Fist is a five-week-long exercise between the United States Marine Corps and JGSDF focusing on advanced marksmanship, amphibious reconnaissance, fire and maneuver assaults, staff planning, logistical support, medical knowledge sharing, fire support operations, including mortars, artillery and close air support, and amphibious landing operations. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Gunnery Sgt. Robert B. Brown Jr.)
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MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Soldiers with the Western Army Infantry Regiment, Japan Ground Self Defense Force run to their next objective during a live fire and maneuver range aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton during exercise Iron Fist 2018, Jan. 18. Iron Fist is a five-week-long exercise between the United States Marine Corps and JGSDF focusing on advanced marksmanship, amphibious reconnaissance, fire and maneuver assaults, staff planning, logistical support, medical knowledge sharing, fire support operations, including mortars, artillery and close air support, and amphibious landing operations. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Gunnery Sgt. Robert B. Brown Jr.)
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Soldiers with the Western Army Infantry Regiment, Japan Ground Self Defense Force, enter a building from a stack formation during Military Operations on Urban Terrain training during exercise Iron Fist 2018, Jan. 17. When clearing a building, team members work together to maximize their deadly force while protecting each other. Iron Fist is an annual, bilateral training exercise held in Southern California between the U.S. Marine Corps and the JGSDF.
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MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Soldiers with the Western Army Infantry Regiment, Japan Ground Self Defense Force, enter a building from a stack formation during Military Operations on Urban Terrain training during exercise Iron Fist 2018, Jan. 17. When clearing a building, team members work together to maximize their deadly force while protecting each other. Iron Fist is an annual, bilateral training exercise held in Southern California between the U.S. Marine Corps and the JGSDF.
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Soldiers with the Western Army Infantry Regiment, Japan Ground Self Defense Force, stand by to help pull a combat rubber raiding craft on shore at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton during helocast training during exercise Iron Fist 2018, Jan. 18. Helocasting is a technique where a CRRC and reconnaissance Marines are loaded into a helicopter before being dropped into the ocean to make their final advancement to an objective area. This technique allows reconnaissance teams to travel longer distances from naval shipping than what a CRRC could do on its own. The Japanese Soldiers and U.S. Marines have trained together in Southern California via this annual, bilateral exercise for 13 consecutive years.
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MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Soldiers with the Western Army Infantry Regiment, Japan Ground Self Defense Force, stand by to help pull a combat rubber raiding craft on shore at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton during helocast training during exercise Iron Fist 2018, Jan. 18. Helocasting is a technique where a CRRC and reconnaissance Marines are loaded into a helicopter before being dropped into the ocean to make their final advancement to an objective area. This technique allows reconnaissance teams to travel longer distances from naval shipping than what a CRRC could do on its own. The Japanese Soldiers and U.S. Marines have trained together in Southern California via this annual, bilateral exercise for 13 consecutive years.
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Marines with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion clear hallways during exercise Iron Fist 2018, Jan. 18. Exercise Iron Fist is an annual bilateral training exercise where U.S. and Japanese service members train together and share technique, tactics and procedures to improve their combined operational capabilities. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Robert Alejandre)
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MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Marines with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion clear hallways during exercise Iron Fist 2018, Jan. 18. Exercise Iron Fist is an annual bilateral training exercise where U.S. and Japanese service members train together and share technique, tactics and procedures to improve their combined operational capabilities. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Robert Alejandre)
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – A Japan Ground Self Defense Soldier practices how to use a nasopharyngeal airway while attending a Combat Life Savers Course during exercise Iron Fist 2018, Jan. 17. Exercise Iron Fist is an annual bilateral training exercise where U.S. and Japanese service members train together and share technique, tactics and procedures to improve their combined operational capabilities. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Robert Alejandre)
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MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – A Japan Ground Self Defense Soldier practices how to use a nasopharyngeal airway while attending a Combat Life Savers Course during exercise Iron Fist 2018, Jan. 17. Exercise Iron Fist is an annual bilateral training exercise where U.S. and Japanese service members train together and share technique, tactics and procedures to improve their combined operational capabilities. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Robert Alejandre)
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Japan Ground Self Defense Force soldiers participate in a Marine Corps intermediate swim qualification as part of exercise Iron Fist Jan. 16, 2018. Iron Fist brings together U.S. Marines from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Soldiers from the Japan Ground Self Defense Force, Western Army Infantry Regiment, to improve bilateral planning, communicating, and conduct combined amphibious operations. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Jacob A. Farbo)
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MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Japan Ground Self Defense Force soldiers participate in a Marine Corps intermediate swim qualification as part of exercise Iron Fist Jan. 16, 2018. Iron Fist brings together U.S. Marines from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Soldiers from the Japan Ground Self Defense Force, Western Army Infantry Regiment, to improve bilateral planning, communicating, and conduct combined amphibious operations. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Jacob A. Farbo)
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Marines with 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 1st Marine Division and Western Army Infantry Regiment, Japan Ground Self Defense Force stand in formation as part of the Exercise Iron Fist 2018 opening ceremony on Jan. 12. Exercise Iron Fist is a five-week-long exercise focusing on advanced marksmanship, amphibious reconnaissance, fire and maneuver assaults, staff planning, logistical support, medical knowledge sharing, fire support operations, including mortars, artillery and close air support, and amphibious landing operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jacob A. Farbo)
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MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Marines with 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 1st Marine Division and Western Army Infantry Regiment, Japan Ground Self Defense Force stand in formation as part of the Exercise Iron Fist 2018 opening ceremony on Jan. 12. Exercise Iron Fist is a five-week-long exercise focusing on advanced marksmanship, amphibious reconnaissance, fire and maneuver assaults, staff planning, logistical support, medical knowledge sharing, fire support operations, including mortars, artillery and close air support, and amphibious landing operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jacob A. Farbo)
Change of command photo
11th MEU Change of Command
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, California - Colonel Clay C. Tipton, right, offgoing commanding officer of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, passes the 11th MEU unit colors to Col. Fridrik Fridriksson, oncoming commanding officer of 11th MEU during a change of command ceremony aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Oct. 27. The passing of the colors is a Marine Corps tradition signifying the passing of the responsibility of command. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jacob A. Farbo)
Change of command photo
11th MEU Change of Command
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, California - Colonel Fridrik Fridriksson, left, oncoming commanding officer of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, and Col. Clay C. Tipton, Right, off going commanding officer of the 11th MEU, observe Marines marching during the 11th MEU change of command ceremony aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Oct. 27.  The change of command ceremony is a part of Marine Corps tradition, and signifies the orderly passing of command in honor of good order and discipline. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jacob A. Farbo)
Change of command photo
11th MEU Change of Command
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, California - Sgt. Maj. Brandon C. Hall, sergeant major,11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, greets the oncoming commanding officer, Col. Fridrik Fridriksson, during the 11th MEU change of command ceremony aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Oct. 27.  The change of command ceremony is a part of Marine Corps tradition, and signifies the orderly passing of command in honor of good order and discipline. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jacob A. Farbo)
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, California (May 12, 2017) U.S. Marine Corporal Eric Burkett, a tactical switching operator with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), holds his new-born son during an 11th MEU homecoming event at Camp Pendleton, Calif., May 12. Burkett held his one-month-old baby boy for the first time after a seven-month deployment throughout the Asia-Pacific and Middle East regions. After months apart, the Marines and Sailors embarked aboard the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group reunite with their families and loved-ones. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt April L. Price)
11th MEU WestPac 16-2 Homecoming
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, California (May 12, 2017) U.S. Marine Corporal Eric Burkett, a tactical switching operator with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), holds his new-born son during an 11th MEU homecoming event at Camp Pendleton, Calif., May 12. Burkett held his one-month-old baby boy for the first time after a seven-month deployment throughout the Asia-Pacific and Middle East regions. After months apart, the Marines and Sailors embarked aboard the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group reunite with their families and loved-ones. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt April L. Price)
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, California (May 13, 2017) U.S. Marines with Company C, Battalion Landing Team 1st Bn., 4th Marines, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), march toward their friends and families during a homecoming event at Camp Pendleton, Calif., May 13. The 11th MEU embarked the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group mid-October 2016, and trained alongside armed forces from foreign nations and supported operations throughout the Western Pacific, Middle East and Horn of Africa. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. April L. Price)
11th MEU WestPac 16-2 Homecoming
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, California (May 13, 2017) U.S. Marines with Company C, Battalion Landing Team 1st Bn., 4th Marines, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), march toward their friends and families during a homecoming event at Camp Pendleton, Calif., May 13. The 11th MEU embarked the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group mid-October 2016, and trained alongside armed forces from foreign nations and supported operations throughout the Western Pacific, Middle East and Horn of Africa. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. April L. Price)
U.S. Marines with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit disembark a Landing Craft Utility (LCU) at Camp Pendleton, Calif., May 13, 2017. The 11th MEU Marines and Sailors landed ashore over three days via Landing Craft Air Cushion, Combat Rubber Raiding Crafts, LCUs, Amphibious Assault Vehicles, and aircraft after their Western Pacific Deployment 16-2. The 11th MEU served a seven-month deployment to the Western Pacific, Middle East, and Horn of Africa. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Xzavior T. McNeal)
11th MEU WestPac 16-2 Homecoming
U.S. Marines with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit disembark a Landing Craft Utility (LCU) at Camp Pendleton, Calif., May 13, 2017. The 11th MEU Marines and Sailors landed ashore over three days via Landing Craft Air Cushion, Combat Rubber Raiding Crafts, LCUs, Amphibious Assault Vehicles, and aircraft after their Western Pacific Deployment 16-2. The 11th MEU served a seven-month deployment to the Western Pacific, Middle East, and Horn of Africa. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Xzavior T. McNeal)
TAURAMA, Papua New Guinea (April 17, 2017) Papua New Guinea Defense Force (PNGDF) service members provide perimeter security while moving past a building during a military tactics exchange conducted alongside U.S. Marines with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit at Taurama Barracks as part of a theater security cooperation engagement, April 17. Marines and Sailors embarked aboard USS Comstock (LSD 45) are in Papua New Guinea, focused on increasing military ties with the PNGDF and preparedness for military support to civil authority roles. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Devan K. Gowans)
Papua New Guinea Theater Security Cooperation
TAURAMA, Papua New Guinea (April 17, 2017) Papua New Guinea Defense Force (PNGDF) service members provide perimeter security while moving past a building during a military tactics exchange conducted alongside U.S. Marines with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit at Taurama Barracks as part of a theater security cooperation engagement, April 17. Marines and Sailors embarked aboard USS Comstock (LSD 45) are in Papua New Guinea, focused on increasing military ties with the PNGDF and preparedness for military support to civil authority roles. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Devan K. Gowans)
Papua New Guinean folk dancers line up with U.S. Marines and sailors during a banquet as part of a closing ceremony for a military tactics training exchange at Taurama Barracks, Papua New Guinea, April 18, 2017. Marines and sailors assigned to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit conducted the training with Papua New Guinea Defense Force service members. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Devan K. Gowans
Banquet Buddies
Papua New Guinean folk dancers line up with U.S. Marines and sailors during a banquet as part of a closing ceremony for a military tactics training exchange at Taurama Barracks, Papua New Guinea, April 18, 2017. Marines and sailors assigned to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit conducted the training with Papua New Guinea Defense Force service members. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Devan K. Gowans
HONG KONG (April 10, 2017) U.S. Marines and Sailors with the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group/11th Marine Expeditionary Unit pose for a photo with children from Yan Chai Hospital Law Chan Chor Si Primary School in Hong Kong  as part of a community relations event, April 10. During the event, Marines and Sailors shared stories about ship life, participated in several team games and sang along to “It’s a Small World” with the children. While visiting various ports, the service members aboard USS Makin Island are given the opportunity to partake in tours, recreational activities, and community relation events to experience the nation’s culture. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. April L. Price)
Makin Island ARG/11th MEU Visit Hong Kong
HONG KONG (April 10, 2017) U.S. Marines and Sailors with the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group/11th Marine Expeditionary Unit pose for a photo with children from Yan Chai Hospital Law Chan Chor Si Primary School in Hong Kong as part of a community relations event, April 10. During the event, Marines and Sailors shared stories about ship life, participated in several team games and sang along to “It’s a Small World” with the children. While visiting various ports, the service members aboard USS Makin Island are given the opportunity to partake in tours, recreational activities, and community relation events to experience the nation’s culture. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. April L. Price)
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (March 28, 2017) U.S. Marines and Sailors with the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group/11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), pose for a photograph alongside volunteers with U.S. Embassy Colombo, following a community relations project held at the Ratmalana School for the Deaf and Blind, as part of a theater security cooperation engagement, March 28. Over the course of the engagement, Marines with the 11th MEU, alongside Marines and Sailors with the Sri Lankan Navy will take part in basic military tactics exercises, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief training, and community relations projects. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Devan K. Gowans)
Community Relations Project at the Ratmalana School for the Deaf and Blind
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (March 28, 2017) U.S. Marines and Sailors with the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group/11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), pose for a photograph alongside volunteers with U.S. Embassy Colombo, following a community relations project held at the Ratmalana School for the Deaf and Blind, as part of a theater security cooperation engagement, March 28. Over the course of the engagement, Marines with the 11th MEU, alongside Marines and Sailors with the Sri Lankan Navy will take part in basic military tactics exercises, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief training, and community relations projects. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Devan K. Gowans)
WELISARA NAVAL BASE, Sri Lanka (March 29, 2017) U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Walker, a hospital corpsman with Battalion Landing Team 1st Bn., 4th Marines, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), shows Sri Lankan Marines the proper way to apply a dressing to a wound during the tactical casualty combat care portion of a military tactics training and exchange at Welissara Naval Base as part of a theater security cooperation engagement, March 29. Over the course of the engagement, Marines with the 11th MEU, alongside Marines and Sailors with the Sri Lankan Navy will take part in basic military tactics exercises, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief training, and community relations projects. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Devan K. Gowans)
Sri Lanka 2017 Military Tactics Training and Exchange
WELISARA NAVAL BASE, Sri Lanka (March 29, 2017) U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Walker, a hospital corpsman with Battalion Landing Team 1st Bn., 4th Marines, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), shows Sri Lankan Marines the proper way to apply a dressing to a wound during the tactical casualty combat care portion of a military tactics training and exchange at Welissara Naval Base as part of a theater security cooperation engagement, March 29. Over the course of the engagement, Marines with the 11th MEU, alongside Marines and Sailors with the Sri Lankan Navy will take part in basic military tactics exercises, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief training, and community relations projects. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Devan K. Gowans)
WELISARA NAVAL BASE, Sri Lanka (March 30, 2017) U.S. Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 11, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, acting as simulated disaster victims, approach the entry control point of a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) camp during HA/DR training at Welisara Naval Base as part of a theater security cooperation engagement, March 30. Working with foreign militaries provides U.S. Marines and Sailors valuable training with warriors from another culture and builds camaraderie between partner nations’ militaries. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Devan K. Gowans)
Sri Lanka TSC 2017: Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Training
WELISARA NAVAL BASE, Sri Lanka (March 30, 2017) U.S. Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 11, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, acting as simulated disaster victims, approach the entry control point of a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) camp during HA/DR training at Welisara Naval Base as part of a theater security cooperation engagement, March 30. Working with foreign militaries provides U.S. Marines and Sailors valuable training with warriors from another culture and builds camaraderie between partner nations’ militaries. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Devan K. Gowans)
U.S. Marines with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit carry 155mm rounds to an M777 Howitzer gun line in preparation for fire missions in northern Syria as part of Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve, Mar. 21, 2017. The 11th MEU was deployed in the Asia-Pacific and Middle Eastern regions and acted as a rapid response force available to conduct operations in support of U.S. Forces and allied and partner nations. More than 60 regional and international nations have joined together to enable partnered forces to defeat ISIS and restore stability and security. CJTF-OIR is the global Coalition to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
11th MEU supports CJTF-OIR
U.S. Marines with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit carry 155mm rounds to an M777 Howitzer gun line in preparation for fire missions in northern Syria as part of Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve, Mar. 21, 2017. The 11th MEU was deployed in the Asia-Pacific and Middle Eastern regions and acted as a rapid response force available to conduct operations in support of U.S. Forces and allied and partner nations. More than 60 regional and international nations have joined together to enable partnered forces to defeat ISIS and restore stability and security. CJTF-OIR is the global Coalition to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
U.S. Marines with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit fire an M777 Howitzer during a fire mission in northern Syria as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, Mar. 24, 2017.  The unit provided 24/7 support in all weather conditions to allow for troop movements, to include terrain denial and the subduing of enemy forces. More than 60 regional and international nations have joined together to enable partnered forces to defeat ISIS and restore stability and security. CJTF-OIR is the global Coalition to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
11th MEU supports CJTF-OIR
U.S. Marines with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit fire an M777 Howitzer during a fire mission in northern Syria as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, Mar. 24, 2017. The unit provided 24/7 support in all weather conditions to allow for troop movements, to include terrain denial and the subduing of enemy forces. More than 60 regional and international nations have joined together to enable partnered forces to defeat ISIS and restore stability and security. CJTF-OIR is the global Coalition to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
United Arab Emirates (March 19, 2017) U.S. Marine Cpl. Jesus Oliveros, a legal clerk with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), poses for a picture while holding a falcon as part of a Sunset Safari tour during the 11th MEU’s port visit to United Arab Emirates, March 19. Port calls are a unique experience for Marines because they provide an opportunity for Marines to immerse themselves with a different culture while on deployment. The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group/11th MEU is currently deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of regional security and stability. (U.S. Marine Corps by Lance Cpl. Brandon Maldonado)
11th Marine Expeditionary Unit Dubai Port Visit Sunset Safari Tour
United Arab Emirates (March 19, 2017) U.S. Marine Cpl. Jesus Oliveros, a legal clerk with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), poses for a picture while holding a falcon as part of a Sunset Safari tour during the 11th MEU’s port visit to United Arab Emirates, March 19. Port calls are a unique experience for Marines because they provide an opportunity for Marines to immerse themselves with a different culture while on deployment. The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group/11th MEU is currently deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of regional security and stability. (U.S. Marine Corps by Lance Cpl. Brandon Maldonado)
MV-22 Ospreys approach a landing zone during a training exercise conducted in Djibouti, Jan. 10, 2017. Ospreys have the ability to transport Marines and sailors quickly to the battlefield due to their ability to tilt their rotors horizontally and fly like an airplane. The Ospreys and crew are with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 163 (Reinforced), 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Brandon Maldonado
Osprey Approach
MV-22 Ospreys approach a landing zone during a training exercise conducted in Djibouti, Jan. 10, 2017. Ospreys have the ability to transport Marines and sailors quickly to the battlefield due to their ability to tilt their rotors horizontally and fly like an airplane. The Ospreys and crew are with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 163 (Reinforced), 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Brandon Maldonado
U.S. Marines and Sailors with the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group and 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit offload from a Landing Craft Air Cushion at Senoor Beach, Oman, before the beginning of Exercise Sea Soldier, Feb. 15. Sea Soldier 2017 is an annual, bilateral exercise conducted with the Royal Army of Oman designed to demonstrate the cooperative skill and will of U.S. and partner nations to work together in maintaining regional stability and security. USS Somerset, with the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of maritime security operations designed to reassure allies and partners, preserve the freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce and enhance regional stability.
US Marines, Omani Soldiers begin Exercise Sea Soldier 17
U.S. Marines and Sailors with the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group and 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit offload from a Landing Craft Air Cushion at Senoor Beach, Oman, before the beginning of Exercise Sea Soldier, Feb. 15. Sea Soldier 2017 is an annual, bilateral exercise conducted with the Royal Army of Oman designed to demonstrate the cooperative skill and will of U.S. and partner nations to work together in maintaining regional stability and security. USS Somerset, with the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of maritime security operations designed to reassure allies and partners, preserve the freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce and enhance regional stability.
U.S. Marine Cpl. Johnathan Riethmann, a mortarman with Company A, Battalion Landing Team 1st Bn., 4th Marines, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, walks to a staging area at Senoor Beach, Oman, in preparation for Exercise Sea Soldier, Feb. 15. Sea Soldier 2017 is an annual, bilateral exercise conducted with the Royal Army of Oman designed to demonstrate the cooperative skill and will of U.S. and partner nations to work together in maintaining regional stability and security. USS Somerset, with the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of maritime security operations designed to reassure allies and partners, preserve the freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce and enhance regional stability.
US Marines, Omani Soldiers begin Exercise Sea Soldier 17
U.S. Marine Cpl. Johnathan Riethmann, a mortarman with Company A, Battalion Landing Team 1st Bn., 4th Marines, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, walks to a staging area at Senoor Beach, Oman, in preparation for Exercise Sea Soldier, Feb. 15. Sea Soldier 2017 is an annual, bilateral exercise conducted with the Royal Army of Oman designed to demonstrate the cooperative skill and will of U.S. and partner nations to work together in maintaining regional stability and security. USS Somerset, with the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of maritime security operations designed to reassure allies and partners, preserve the freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce and enhance regional stability.
RABKUT, Oman (Feb. 26, 2017) U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Christopher Aquino-Williams, an infantryman with Company A, Battalion Landing Team 1st Bn., 4th Marines, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), peeks behind a corner before leading soldiers with the Royal Army of Oman (RAO) into a building while conducting Military Operations on Urban Terrain (MOUT) training as part of Exercise Sea Soldier ‘17 at Rabkut, Oman, Feb. 26. During the training, Marines coached the Omani soldiers and supervised each team execute room clearing techniques. Sea Soldier 2017 is an annual, bilateral exercise conducted with the Royal Army of Oman designed to demonstrate the cooperative skill and will of U.S. and partner nations to work together in maintaining regional stability and security. The 11th MEU is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of maritime security operations designed to reassure allies and partners, preserve the freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce and enhance regional stability. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. April L. Price)
Exercise Sea Soldier '17: US-Oman MOUT Training
RABKUT, Oman (Feb. 26, 2017) U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Christopher Aquino-Williams, an infantryman with Company A, Battalion Landing Team 1st Bn., 4th Marines, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), peeks behind a corner before leading soldiers with the Royal Army of Oman (RAO) into a building while conducting Military Operations on Urban Terrain (MOUT) training as part of Exercise Sea Soldier ‘17 at Rabkut, Oman, Feb. 26. During the training, Marines coached the Omani soldiers and supervised each team execute room clearing techniques. Sea Soldier 2017 is an annual, bilateral exercise conducted with the Royal Army of Oman designed to demonstrate the cooperative skill and will of U.S. and partner nations to work together in maintaining regional stability and security. The 11th MEU is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of maritime security operations designed to reassure allies and partners, preserve the freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce and enhance regional stability. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. April L. Price)
U.S. Marines prepare to attach a concrete barrier to a CH-53E Super Stallion during helicopter external load training at Arta Beach, Djibouti, Feb. 16, 2017. A helicopter support team consists of three Marines; two hook men and an overall supervisor to ensure proper procedures are followed. The 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, part of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, is operating in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility to support security and stability in the region. The Marines are with Combat Logistics Battalion 11 and the Stallion and crew are with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 163 (Reinforced), 11th MEU.
CLB-11, VMM-163 conduct HST sustainment training
U.S. Marines prepare to attach a concrete barrier to a CH-53E Super Stallion during helicopter external load training at Arta Beach, Djibouti, Feb. 16, 2017. A helicopter support team consists of three Marines; two hook men and an overall supervisor to ensure proper procedures are followed. The 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, part of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, is operating in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility to support security and stability in the region. The Marines are with Combat Logistics Battalion 11 and the Stallion and crew are with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 163 (Reinforced), 11th MEU.
U.S. Marines Corporals Christopher Russell (left) and Sean Bensel, landing support specialists, wait for a CH-53E Super Stallion to get into position during helicopter external load training at Arta Beach, Djibouti, Feb. 16, 2017. A helicopter support team’s primary mission is to attach supplies, equipment or vehicles to the external lift hooks of helicopters to transport them in an expedient manner. Russell and Bensel are with Combat Logistics Battalion 11 and the Stallion and crew are with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 163 (Reinforced), 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit.
CLB-11, VMM-163 conduct HST sustainment training
U.S. Marines Corporals Christopher Russell (left) and Sean Bensel, landing support specialists, wait for a CH-53E Super Stallion to get into position during helicopter external load training at Arta Beach, Djibouti, Feb. 16, 2017. A helicopter support team’s primary mission is to attach supplies, equipment or vehicles to the external lift hooks of helicopters to transport them in an expedient manner. Russell and Bensel are with Combat Logistics Battalion 11 and the Stallion and crew are with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 163 (Reinforced), 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit.
USS MAKIN ISLAND, Gulf of Aden (Feb. 8, 2017) U.S. Marine Gunnery Sgt. Julian Fyffe does arm curls during physical training aboard the USS Makin Island (LHD8), Feb. 8. The Makin Island has a sizeable gym complete with free-weights, weight training machines and cardio equipment. Fyffe is with Charlie Co., Battalion Landing Team 1st Bn., 4th Marines, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Brandon Maldonado)
Gym Time Fun Time
USS MAKIN ISLAND, Gulf of Aden (Feb. 8, 2017) U.S. Marine Gunnery Sgt. Julian Fyffe does arm curls during physical training aboard the USS Makin Island (LHD8), Feb. 8. The Makin Island has a sizeable gym complete with free-weights, weight training machines and cardio equipment. Fyffe is with Charlie Co., Battalion Landing Team 1st Bn., 4th Marines, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Brandon Maldonado)
As seen through a night-vision device, Marines and sailors use infrared lasers to sight in on targets during a live-fire shoot aboard the USS Somerset in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, Feb. 10, 2017. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. April Price
Infrared Firing
As seen through a night-vision device, Marines and sailors use infrared lasers to sight in on targets during a live-fire shoot aboard the USS Somerset in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, Feb. 10, 2017. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. April Price
Cpl. Luke Hummel, a reconnaissance Marine with the Maritime Raid Force, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, looks over his shoulder to “search and assess” his surroundings during a live-fire shoot on the flight deck of the USS Somerset (LPD 25), Feb. 10. The purpose of search and assess is to ensure 360 degrees of security and situational awareness at all times. The 11th MEU is currently supporting U.S. 5th Fleet’s mission to promote and maintain stability and security in the region while underway during their West-Pac 16-2 deployment.
11th MEU MRF NVG Flight Deck Shoot
Cpl. Luke Hummel, a reconnaissance Marine with the Maritime Raid Force, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, looks over his shoulder to “search and assess” his surroundings during a live-fire shoot on the flight deck of the USS Somerset (LPD 25), Feb. 10. The purpose of search and assess is to ensure 360 degrees of security and situational awareness at all times. The 11th MEU is currently supporting U.S. 5th Fleet’s mission to promote and maintain stability and security in the region while underway during their West-Pac 16-2 deployment.
A Marine with the Maritime Raid  Force climbs a caving ladder attached to an MH-60 Seahawk during a helocast training evolution near the USS Makin Island (LHD 8) afloat in the Indian Ocean, Nov. 28, 2016. The training consisted of Marines jumping out of CH-53 Super Stallions with a Combat Rubber Raiding Craft, which simulated the MRF team traveling a long distance before being dropped in the ocean to continue their mission using a CRRC. The Marines are with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit.
11th Marine Expeditionary Unit Martime Raid Force Conducts Helocasting
A Marine with the Maritime Raid Force climbs a caving ladder attached to an MH-60 Seahawk during a helocast training evolution near the USS Makin Island (LHD 8) afloat in the Indian Ocean, Nov. 28, 2016. The training consisted of Marines jumping out of CH-53 Super Stallions with a Combat Rubber Raiding Craft, which simulated the MRF team traveling a long distance before being dropped in the ocean to continue their mission using a CRRC. The Marines are with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit.
A Maritime Raid Force Marine jumps from a CH-53E Super Stallion during a helocast training evolution near the USS Makin Island (LHD 8) afloat in the Indian Ocean, Nov. 28, 2016. Helocasting allows reconnaissance teams to travel longer distances before being dropped off for their final advancement to an objective area. The Marine is with the command element and the aircraft and crew are with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 163 (Reinforced), 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit.
11th Marine Expeditionary Unit Martime Raid Force Conducts Helocasting
A Maritime Raid Force Marine jumps from a CH-53E Super Stallion during a helocast training evolution near the USS Makin Island (LHD 8) afloat in the Indian Ocean, Nov. 28, 2016. Helocasting allows reconnaissance teams to travel longer distances before being dropped off for their final advancement to an objective area. The Marine is with the command element and the aircraft and crew are with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 163 (Reinforced), 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit.
GULF OF ADEN (Dec. 6, 2016) A landing craft air cushion (LCAC) debarks from the stern gate of the USS Somerset (LPD 25) caring U.S. Marines and their light armored vehicles during an amphibious assault rehearsal as part of exercise Alligator Dagger, Dec. 6, 2016. The LCAC is one means for an amphibious ready group and a Marine expeditionary unit to conduct logistical movements, carrying troops, vehicles, and equipment from ship to shore. The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group and the 11th MEU is operating in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts to ensure the free flow of commerce, freedom of navigation and regional security. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Zachery C. Laning)
11th MEU prepares for amphibious rehearsals, Exercise Alligator Dagger
GULF OF ADEN (Dec. 6, 2016) A landing craft air cushion (LCAC) debarks from the stern gate of the USS Somerset (LPD 25) caring U.S. Marines and their light armored vehicles during an amphibious assault rehearsal as part of exercise Alligator Dagger, Dec. 6, 2016. The LCAC is one means for an amphibious ready group and a Marine expeditionary unit to conduct logistical movements, carrying troops, vehicles, and equipment from ship to shore. The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group and the 11th MEU is operating in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts to ensure the free flow of commerce, freedom of navigation and regional security. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Zachery C. Laning)
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS (Dec. 6, 2016) Amphibious assault vehicles with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit move in formation through the Gulf of Aden during an amphibious assault rehearsal as part of Exercise Alligator Dagger, Dec. 6, 2016. The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) will conduct amphibious operations and combat sustainment training. The ARG/MEU Navy-Marine Corps team is operating in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility in support of maritime security operations, crisis response, and theater security cooperation efforts to ensure the free flow of commerce, freedom of navigation and regional security. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Devan K. Gowans)
11th MEU begins Exercise Alligator Dagger
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS (Dec. 6, 2016) Amphibious assault vehicles with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit move in formation through the Gulf of Aden during an amphibious assault rehearsal as part of Exercise Alligator Dagger, Dec. 6, 2016. The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) will conduct amphibious operations and combat sustainment training. The ARG/MEU Navy-Marine Corps team is operating in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility in support of maritime security operations, crisis response, and theater security cooperation efforts to ensure the free flow of commerce, freedom of navigation and regional security. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Devan K. Gowans)
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS (Dec. 6, 2016) Amphibious assault vehicles with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) debark from the USS Comstock (LSD 45) to conduct an amphibious assault rehearsal as part of Exercise Alligator Dagger, Dec. 6, 2016. The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) will conduct amphibious operations and combat sustainment training throughout Dec. The ARG/MEU Navy-Marine Corps team is operating in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility in support of maritime security operations, crisis response, and theater security cooperation efforts to ensure the free flow of commerce, freedom of navigation and regional security. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Devan K. Gowans)
11th MEU begins Exercise Alligator Dagger
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS (Dec. 6, 2016) Amphibious assault vehicles with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) debark from the USS Comstock (LSD 45) to conduct an amphibious assault rehearsal as part of Exercise Alligator Dagger, Dec. 6, 2016. The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) will conduct amphibious operations and combat sustainment training throughout Dec. The ARG/MEU Navy-Marine Corps team is operating in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility in support of maritime security operations, crisis response, and theater security cooperation efforts to ensure the free flow of commerce, freedom of navigation and regional security. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Devan K. Gowans)
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS (Dec. 6, 2016) – Amphibious assault vehicles with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) debark from the USS Comstock (LSD 45) to conduct an amphibious assault rehearsal, Dec. 6, 2016. The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group and 11th MEU provide U.S. Naval Forces Central Command with a flexible, sea-based military force, readily available to respond to emerging crises and support a wide-range of military operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Devan K. Gowans)
11th MEU begins Exercise Alligator Dagger
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS (Dec. 6, 2016) – Amphibious assault vehicles with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) debark from the USS Comstock (LSD 45) to conduct an amphibious assault rehearsal, Dec. 6, 2016. The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group and 11th MEU provide U.S. Naval Forces Central Command with a flexible, sea-based military force, readily available to respond to emerging crises and support a wide-range of military operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Devan K. Gowans)
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS (Dec. 6, 2016) Amphibious assault vehicles with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) prepare to land during the initial landing phases of Exercise Alligator Dagger, Dec. 6, 2016. The exercise involves all three ships of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group and enables the Marines and Sailors of the 11th MEU to conduct the comprehensive amphibious operations that keep their skills ready for crisis response and contingency operations throughout the Central Command area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Devan K. Gowans)
11th MEU assault vehicles begin Expercise Alligator Dagger
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS (Dec. 6, 2016) Amphibious assault vehicles with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) prepare to land during the initial landing phases of Exercise Alligator Dagger, Dec. 6, 2016. The exercise involves all three ships of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group and enables the Marines and Sailors of the 11th MEU to conduct the comprehensive amphibious operations that keep their skills ready for crisis response and contingency operations throughout the Central Command area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Devan K. Gowans)
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS (Dec. 6, 2016) A landing craft air cushion with the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (MKI ARG) moves through the Gulf of Aden during the initial landing phases of Exercise Alligator Dagger, Dec. 6, 2016. The MKI ARG and 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit will conduct amphibious operation rehearsals to maintain a high level of readiness in the event there is a need for an immediate response to a crisis. The exercise will focus on: amphibious assaults; helo-borne raids; visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) operations; air strikes; defense of the amphibious task force; mechanized movements with tanks and light armored vehicles; tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel; ground reconnaissance; and quick reaction force and casualty evacuation rehearsals. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Devan K. Gowans)
11th MEU assault vehicles begin Exercise Alligator Dagger
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS (Dec. 6, 2016) A landing craft air cushion with the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (MKI ARG) moves through the Gulf of Aden during the initial landing phases of Exercise Alligator Dagger, Dec. 6, 2016. The MKI ARG and 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit will conduct amphibious operation rehearsals to maintain a high level of readiness in the event there is a need for an immediate response to a crisis. The exercise will focus on: amphibious assaults; helo-borne raids; visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) operations; air strikes; defense of the amphibious task force; mechanized movements with tanks and light armored vehicles; tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel; ground reconnaissance; and quick reaction force and casualty evacuation rehearsals. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Devan K. Gowans)
TRINCOMALEE, Sri Lanka (Nov. 23, 2016) A Sri Lankan Navy Special Boat Squadron Sailor prepares to slide down a fast rope during a Theater Security Cooperation engagement at Sri Lanka Naval Base, Trincomalee, Nov. 23, 2016. The Maritime Raid Force trained 40 Sri Lankan SBS Sailors on how to fast rope out of a helicopter or from a static tower. Both the United States and Sri Lanka have a continuing interest in strengthening their partnership based on common interests related to maritime security, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness, and the security and stability in the region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. Robert B. Brown/Released)
Sri Lanka and U.S. Marines Fast Rope Training
TRINCOMALEE, Sri Lanka (Nov. 23, 2016) A Sri Lankan Navy Special Boat Squadron Sailor prepares to slide down a fast rope during a Theater Security Cooperation engagement at Sri Lanka Naval Base, Trincomalee, Nov. 23, 2016. The Maritime Raid Force trained 40 Sri Lankan SBS Sailors on how to fast rope out of a helicopter or from a static tower. Both the United States and Sri Lanka have a continuing interest in strengthening their partnership based on common interests related to maritime security, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness, and the security and stability in the region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. Robert B. Brown/Released)
Mission
The 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit is a forward-deployed, flexible sea-based Marine air-ground task force capable of conducting amphibious operations, crisis response and limited contingency operations, to include enabling the introduction of follow-on forces and designated special operations in order to support the theater requirements of geographic combatant commanders.
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LA Fleet Week: Senior Leadership Seminar
Senior service members from the Marine Corps, Navy and Coast Guard and local community leaders from the greater Los Angeles area met to discuss the appropriate responses to various natural disaster scenarios during LA Fleet Week 2017 in Los Angeles, Calif., Aug. 30. LA Fleet Week is an opportunity for the American public to meet their Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard team and experience America's sea services. During fleet week, service members will participate in various community service events, showcase capabilities and equipment to the community, and enjoy the hospitality if Los Angeles and surrounding areas have to offer.
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11th MEU Contact Information

11th MEU Command Duty Officer:
760-846-4948

11th MEU Family Readiness Officer
Mrs. Kyp Hughes
kyp.hughes@usmc.mil
(760) 846-6590

11th MEU Command Chaplain:

760-763-3832 (office)
760-846-6761 (mobile)

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