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Countywide - 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit to Train in Urban Areas
4/5/2013 1:30:00 PM




CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. ' Marines and sailors from the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit will be training along California's central coast April 4-11, 2013 to ready the unit for its deployment to the Western Pacific and Middle East regions beginning later this year.


The unit's Maritime Raid Force, along with selected members from the unit's aviation and command elements, will base at Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, Calif. Training will also be conducted on gas and oil platforms located off the coast of Carpinteria California. The combination of these sites supports mission-essential training and brings a dimension of urban realism not found on a singular military base.


All aspects of this training have been coordinated with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. As part of the training, Marine Corps helicopter pilots will fly from Naval Air Station Point Mugu to offshore training sites using routes and altitudes approved by the Federal Aviation Administration. Measures have been taken to reduce the amount of aircraft noise during the training, but residents near the exercise may hear the sounds of helicopters.


The Marines respectfully request that local citizens near the training venues keep a distance from the training, for their own safety and that of the service members.


The mission of the 13th MEU is to provide a rapid-response force capable of conducting conventional amphibious and selected maritime operations from the sea, surface or air.


The MEU is composed of a command element and three major subordinate elements.  They are Battalion Landing Team 1/4, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 166 (Reinforced) and Combat Logistics Battalion 13, the ground, aviation and logistics elements respectively.




Questions, contact:


1stLt Dana Mitchell                                                               

13th Marine Expeditionary Unit                                            

Public Affairs Officer                                                            

Office: 760-763-0740                                                            

Cell: 914-393-9704