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An MV-22B Osprey, with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 163, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, flies over the Pacific Ocean en route to Hawaii, July 30, 2014. Four Ospreys launched from the USS Makin Island and traveled more than 800 nautical miles to insert an element of Marines into a simulated Embassy compound. The MEU departed San Diego on July 25 and is currently deployed as part of WESTPAC 14-2. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Evan R. White/Released)

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11th Marine Expeditionary Unit conducts long-range insert

31 Jul 2014 | Courtesy Story

Marines from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, supported by sailors from Amphibious Squadron 5 and the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, conducted a long range insertion of more than 800 nautical miles into Bellows Training Area, Hawaii, July 31, 2014.

Four MV-22B Ospreys, refueled en route by a KC-130J Super Hercules, departed the USS Makin Island and arrived at their destination several hours later.

“Missions such as these highlight the extensive reach of the MEU, as well as our ability to arrive swiftly where our forces may be needed and with the capability to have immediate impacts,” said Col. Matthew Trollinger, the 11th MEU’s commanding officer.

Predeployment training began for the 11th MEU in January, when the unit grew from a staff of fewer than 100 to a flexible, combined-arms, seagoing force of more than 2,500 Marines and sailors.

The MEU's major subordinate elements are Battalion Landing Team 2/1, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 163 (Reinforced), and Combat Logistics Battalion 11. The MEU departed San Diego on July 25 and is currently deployed as part of WESTPAC 14-2.

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