VMFA-121 Operating from the USS Wasp

A detachment of F-35B Lightning II's with Fighter Attack Squadron 121 (VMFA-121) arrived aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) March 5, marking the first time the aircraft has deployed aboard a U.S. Navy ship and with a Marine Expeditionary Unit in the Indo-Asian-Pacific. The F-35B, assigned under…

Firing HIMARS at Sea: A Case Study in the Evolution of the MAGTF

10/25/2017: U.S. Marines with Battery R, 5th Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division launch a rocket from a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) off the USS Anchorage (LPD-23) during Exercise Dawn Blitz, Oct. 22, 2017. Dawn Blitz 17 allows the amphibious force to integrate the F-35B Lightning II and…

15th MEU Prepares for Deployment

05/28/2017: The workup for deployment by a Marine Expeditionary Unit is a phased process of preparation. The 15th MEU will be the first operational MEU deployed on the USS America, so the ability to use its new capabilities is part of the combat preparation effort. [maxgallery id="97666"] These photos credited to…

26th MEU Group Sail Exercise

12/18/2012: Marines and sailors of Combat Logistics Battalion (CLB) 26, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), participate in a mass casualty scenario during the MEU's Group Sail exercise, Camp Lejeune, N.C., Dec. 14, 2012.  Group Sail consists of multiple training scenarios to include different variations of raids; visit, board, search and…

Changing the Mindset: “The ESG-MEB is Not an ARG-MEU on Steroids!”

Second Line of Defense had a chance to sit down with one of the two Harrier squadron commanders aboard the USS Kearsarge during the Bold Alligator 2012 exercise. Earlier, we discussed with Lt. Col. Hermley, Commanding Officer, Marine Attack Squadron 231, MCAS, Cherry Point, and the approach to be followed…

Maritime Raid Force Trains to Take Back Hijacked Ship

09/09/2011: Marines from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit's maritime raid force conduct a counter-piracy and counter-terrorism exercise Aug. 14. The 11th MEU is conducting its first seagoing exercise since becoming a complete Marine air-ground task force in May. Credit: 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit:08/14/2011

AV-8B Harriers Land on USS Kearsarge (LHD 3)

08/13/2011: AV-8B Harriers with Marine Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266 (Reinforced), 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, land on the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS Kearsage (LHD 3). Amphibious assault ship USS Kearsage is seen when it was supporting operation Odyssey Dawn.Joint Task Force Odyssey Dawn is the U.S. Africa Command…