Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) "America's 911"

Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) "America's 911"
U.S. Marine Corps photo by LCpl Zachery Laning

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – The Marine Corps touts its ship-based Marine expeditionary unit deployments as its go-to, “911” force when needed. The Navy highlights its amphibious ready groups for the forward presence and “power projection” it gives overseas combatant commanders.

“We're going to do whatever is asked,” Col. Clay C. Tipton, who commands the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, said during a Wednesday roundtable with journalists. The 2,400-member Camp Pendleton-based force returned home in mid-May from a seven-month deployment with San Diego-based Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group.

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