11th MEU Deploys to Pacific, Middle East
Added October 20, 2016
Approximately 4,000 Marines and Sailors with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit and the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (MKIARG)left San Diego last week for a seven month deployment to the western Pacific and the Middle East.
While deployed, the MKIARG and 11th MEU will serve in the 3rd, 5th, and 7th fleet areas of operation providing maritime security, crisis response, theater security cooperation, and forward naval presence.
— Marines with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit fly to their objective in an MV-22B Osprey with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 163 (Reinforced) on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, May 17. Marines with VMM-163 (Rein.) supplied four MV-22B Ospreys, two AH-1W Cobras, two UH-1Y Hueys and one CH-53E Super Stallion to support a simulated raid. (USMC photo by Lance Corporal Harley Robinson)