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11th Marine Expeditionary Unit
I Marine Expeditionary Force

Aug 16, 2011

Marines serving with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit's command element aboard the amphibious assault ship Makin Island prepare to launch a communications balloon Aug. 16. The balloon is designed to carry a radio-relay system up to 80,000 feet above Earth, extending communications to an area 600 miles in diameter, regardless of terrain. The launch from sea signaled the unit's and the ship's first of a device of its kind.

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