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11th Marine Expeditionary Unit

'Pride of the Pacific'

Camp Pendleton, CA
11th MEU Photos
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. – 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. – 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. – 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. - 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. - 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.
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)
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)
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)
Change of command photo
Change of command photo
Change of command photo
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)
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)
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)
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)
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 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)