No one knows where or when the next world conflict or crisis will emerge. Which requires the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marines to respond to threats rapidly and precisely. When unexpected threats arise, it is the Marine Corps aboard U.S. Navy amphibious warships that is best prepared to face them down.
Marine Expeditionary Units, or MEUs, are embarked aboard three U.S. Navy amphibious warships and combine air, ground and logistics elements into a powerful quick reaction force. Since October 2011, the nation has called on sailors and Marines aboard U.S. Navy amphibious warships more than 80 times to respond to military and humanitarian crises around the globe.
Amphibious warships hold, transport and deploy U.S. Marine Expeditionary Units (MEU) and their equipment which include: combat vehicles, helicopters, amphibious landing craft and assault vehicles, the MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft, and the soon to-be-delivered F-35B Joint Strike Fighter.
Watch the videos below to learn how the Navy-Marine Corps team fights as one force from amphibious warships.
“We can launch Marines anywhere in the world. That is the benefit of being in the Navy.” - Commander William Herrmann, USS New York (LPD 21)
"The MEU aboard an amphibious warship includes more than 2,200 Marines, tanks, artillery, engineers, amphibious assault vehicles, a reinforced tilt-rotor squadron and a combat logistics battalion."
“The Marine Expeditionary Unit is a powerful force in readiness that combines all of the Marine Corps’ combat capabilities into a single unit. They train and deploy with the same intensity, preparing to win our nation’s battles whenever and wherever they are called.”
Video: The amphibious warship USS Essex (LHD 2) with the 31st MEU responded during Operation Tomodachi, delivering more than 160,000 pounds of critical supplies, when a tsunami devastated Japan in March 2011.