11th Marine Expeditionary Unit

 

11th Marine Expeditionary Unit

'Pride of the Pacific'

Camp Pendleton, CA
Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center Bridgeport, CA – Marines with India Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, stage their gear after conducting cliff assault operation during Mountain Training Exercise 4-18 aboard Mountain Warfare Training Center Bridgeport, Calif., July 30, 2018. 3rd Bn., 5th Marines, conducted a Marine Corps Combat Readiness Exercise while in Bridgeport to certify that battalion is ready to become a part of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit as their ground combat element. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Adam Dublinske)
Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center Bridgeport, CA – Pfc. Daniel Kelso, a rifleman with India Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, provides security during a hike during Mountain Training Exercise 4-18 aboard Mountain Warfare Training Center (MWTC) Bridgeport, Calif., July 30, 2018. MWTC Bridgeport provides units a unique training experience by allowing the Marines to train in a mountainous environment and at high altitudes. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Adam Dublinske)
Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center Bridgeport, CA – Lance Cpl. Phillip Strong, a rifleman with India Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, participates in a hike during Mountain Training Exercise (MTX) 4-18 aboard Mountain Warfare Training Center Bridgeport, Calif., July 30, 2018. 3rd Bn., 5th Marines, participated in MTX 4-18 to evaluate their ability to conduct their core mission essential tasks before attaching to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit for its upcoming deployment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Adam Dublinske)
Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California – Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Harris, a hospital corpsman with Combat Logistics Battalion 11, 1st Marine Logistics Group, escorts a role player to their medical building during an evacuation control center exercise aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 18. During the exercise, a medical building was used to treat simulated injuries on role players. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Adam Dublinske)
Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California – Sgt. Gustavo Rojo, a combat engineer with Combat Logistics Battalion 11, 1st Marine Logistics Group, sets a board while building a bunker during a Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 17. The MCCRE was conducted to evaluate CLB-11 on its ability to conduct its core missions in order to support the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit during its upcoming deployment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Adam Dublinske)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.)
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. - 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. – 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, 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)
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)
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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11th MEU celebrates 244th Marine Corps birthday
191110-M-QR315-1001 PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 10, 2019) Marines and Sailors with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) celebrate the 244th Marine Corps birthday while underway aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) and the San Antonio class amphibious transport dock ship USS John P. Murtha (LPD 26). The Marines and Sailors of the 11th MEU are conducting operations as part of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group in the eastern Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Marine Corps video by Sgt. Matthew Teutsch, Cpl. Israel Chincio and SSgt Donald Holbert)
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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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760-763-8268 (office)

11th Marine Expeditionary Unit
P.O. Box 555361
Camp Pendleton, CA 92055-5361

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