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The 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit returned to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., marking the end of a seven-month deployment to the Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command / U.S. 5th Fleet and U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. Sixth Fleet with the USS Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) .While forward deployed aboard the ships of the USS Bataan ARG, the 26th MEU served as a crisis-response force for combatant commanders in the Europe, Africa and Central commands. The 26th MEU supported operations and engagements, conducted theater security cooperation activities with bilateral partners, and executed sustainment training to ensure the force was postured and prepared to respond to crises and contingencies.“As a ‘certain force in an uncertain world’ the 26th MEU was flexible, resilient and adaptable while forward deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet and 6th Fleet areas of operation,” said Col. Trevor Hall, commanding officer of the 26th MEU. “This deployment presented unique challenges, but the Navy-Marine Corps team prevailed and incessantly provided our fleet commanders with a responsive, sea-based Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) – even during the global novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.”Having deployed in December 2019, the 26th MEU was one of the few Marine Corps units forward deployed during the COVID-19 epidemic. As seaports and airports around the globe closed, the USS Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) with embarked 26th MEU adapted and developed creative ways to maintain its readiness. While operating in the Arabian Gulf, the MAGTF executed non-live fire and live-fire training in remote locations in the United Arab Emirates and on uninhabited Saudi Arabian islands. This training preserved the MEU’s readiness – while also reducing COVID-19 exposure, which allowed the ARGMEU to remain a COVID-free force for the duration of its seven-month deployment. - The 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit returned to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., marking the end of a seven-month deployment to the Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command / U.S. 5th Fleet and U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. Sixth Fleet with the USS Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) . , unconventional and hybrid warfare.

Marines and Sailors assigned to Maritime Raid Force, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, embark from the USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), at sea, on MV-22B Ospreys assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 266, for a simulated night raid, Feb. 09, 2013. The 26th MEU is conducting its Composite Training Unit Exercise, the final phase of a six-month pre-deployment training program. The 26th MEU operates continuously across the globe, providing the president and unified combatant commanders with a forward-deployed, sea-based quick reaction force. The MEU is a Marine Air-Ground Task Force capable of conducting amphibious operations, crisis response and limited contingency operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Kyle N. Runnels) - Marines and Sailors assigned to Maritime Raid Force, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, embark from the USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), at sea, on MV-22B Ospreys assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 266, for a simulated night raid, Feb. 09, 2013. The 26th MEU is conducting its Composite Training Unit Exercise, the final phase of a six-month pre-deployment training program. The 26th MEU operates continuously across the globe, providing the president and unified combatant commanders with a forward-deployed, sea-based quick reaction force. The MEU is a Marine Air-Ground Task Force capable of conducting amphibious operations, crisis response and limited contingency operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Kyle N. Runnels)

Marines with the Maritime Raid Force, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, embarked aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), sail combat rubber reconnaissance craft, April 23, 2020. Bataan is the flagship for the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group and, with embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Zachary Anderson) - Marines with the Maritime Raid Force, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, embarked aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), sail combat rubber reconnaissance craft,in the Arabian Gulf, April 23, 2020. Bataan is the flagship for the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group and, with embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Zachary Anderson)

 

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