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13th Marine Expeditionary Unit

"The Fighting Thirteenth"

Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California
Mission
The 13th MEU provides a forward deployed, flexible sea-based Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) capable of conducting amphibious operations, crisis response and limited contingency operations, including enabling the introduction of follow on forces and designated special operations in order to support the theater requirements of Geographic Combatant Commanders.
HISTORY

The 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) was activated Feb. 1, 1985, at Camp Pendleton, Calif., as the 13th Amphibious Unit, Fleet Marine Force and assigned to I Marine Amphibious Force. The unit was redesigned on Feb. 5, 1988, as 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

Between 1988 and 1995, the 13th MEU participated in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Southwest Asia, from September to November 1990, and January through March 1991, respectively. The unit also participated in Operation United Shield, Somalia, from February through March 1995.

Between 1996 and 2007, the 13th MEU participated in Operation Southern Watch, Southwest Asia, in August 1996, December 1997 through  January 1998, and October through December 2000. The 13th MEU also participated in Humanitarian Assistance Operations, East Timor, in September 2000, Operation Determined Response, Yemen, from October 2000 through January 2001, and Maritime intercept operations in the Northern Arabian Gulf, in December 2000.

The 13th MEU also participated in Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan, from January through May 2002 and Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq, in October 2003, October through December 2005 and from June through September 2007.

Most recently, the 13th MEU deployed for eight months during West Pac 13-2 as a theater reserve and crisis response force.

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Contact Us

Command Duty Officer: (760) 470-1460

Public Affairs Office: (760) 763-0740

Family Readiness Office: (760) 468-8171

Chaplain: (760) 763-1660

Equal Opportunity: (877) 995-5247

Sexual Assault Response Team: (760) 468-3792

Unit Voting Assistance Officer: (760) 992-4199


Mailing Address:

13th Marine Expeditionary Unit

P.O. Box 555363

Camp Pendleton CA, 92055