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210620-M-JU875-1002 TABUK, Saudi Arabia (June 20, 2021) - An MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft, attached to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), takes off to conduct parachute operations during a theater amphibious combat rehearsal (TACR) in Tabuk, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, June 20. TACR integrates U.S. Navy and Marine Corps assets to exercise a range of critical combat-related capabilities, both afloat and ashore. 24th MEU 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 Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Davis Harris)

Photo by Lance Cpl. Davis Harris

Saudi, U.S. Forces Conclude Amphibious Training in Tabuk

9 Jul 2021 | Capt. Kelton Cochran 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit

TABUK, Saudi Arabia – U.S. Marines and Sailors assigned to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) completed bilateral theater amphibious combat rehearsal (TACR) training with the Royal Saudi Land Forces in Tabuk, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, June 26.

TACR training began June 7 when U.S. naval forces conducted amphibious assault exercises. The three-week event included live-fire training, parachute jumps, explosive ordnance disposal ranges, medical drills, and convoys.

“Training alongside our Saudi partners was a rewarding experience,” said Col. Eric D. Cloutier, commanding officer of the 24th MEU. “This bilateral exercise has collectively strengthened Saudi and U.S. military readiness and reinforced our common interests of security and stability throughout this region.”

TACR training integrates Navy and Marine Corps assets to practice and rehearse a range of critical logistics, aviation and ground combat-related capabilities, both afloat and ashore, highlighting the expeditionary and quick-response capabilities of the MEU.

As an inherently flexible maneuver force, capable of supporting routine and contingency operations, the presence of the ARG/MEU demonstrates the U.S. Navy’s commitment to regional partners and maritime security.