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 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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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 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)
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.
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
U.S. and Sri Lankan Marines cool down and stretch after conducting physical training as part of a Theater Security Cooperation engagement at Sri Lanka Naval Base, Trincomalee, Nov. 24, 2016. The physical training helped to create tighter bonds between the U.S. and Sri Lankan Marines. This is the Sri Lankan Marines’ first engagement with another Marine Corps as their Corps was stood up within the past four months. Working with foreign militaries provides U.S. Marines and Sailors valuable training with warriors from another culture, and builds camaraderie between partner nations.
Sri Lankan Marines get hands-on training with U.S. Marine equipment during a Theater Security Cooperation training event at Sri Lanka Naval Base, Trincomalee, Nov. 24, 2016. This bilateral training allows the two militaries to share tactics and procedures that help build and maintain military readiness, and increase humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness. The 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, part of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet’s area of responsibility in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
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