13th Marine Expeditionary Unit

 

13th Marine Expeditionary Unit

"The Fighting Thirteenth"

Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California
DJIBOUTI, Africa (April 27,2016) --Tom Kelly, the U.S. Ambassador to Djibouti, greets Marines with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit before they conduct a live-fire range in Djibouti, April 27, 2016. The 13th MEU is conducting sustainment training to maintain proficiency and combat readiness while deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group during Western Pacific Deployment 16-1. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alvin Pujols/RELEASED)
U.S. Ambassador visits Gunsmoke Djibouti
DJIBOUTI, Africa (April 27,2016) --Tom Kelly, the U.S. Ambassador to Djibouti, greets Marines with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit before they conduct a live-fire range in Djibouti, April 27, 2016. The 13th MEU is conducting sustainment training to maintain proficiency and combat readiness while deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group during Western Pacific Deployment 16-1. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alvin Pujols/RELEASED)
DJIBOUTI, Africa (April 27,2016) --U.S. Marine 1st Lt. Matthew S. Kelley, a platoon commander with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, briefs Tom Kelly, the U.S. Ambassador to Djibouti, before a convoy April 27, 2016, in Djibouti.The 13th MEU is conducting sustainment training to maintain proficiency and combat readiness while deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group during Western Pacific Deployment 16-1. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alvin Pujols/RELEASED)
U.S. Ambassador visits Gunsmoke Djibouti
DJIBOUTI, Africa (April 27,2016) --U.S. Marine 1st Lt. Matthew S. Kelley, a platoon commander with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, briefs Tom Kelly, the U.S. Ambassador to Djibouti, before a convoy April 27, 2016, in Djibouti.The 13th MEU is conducting sustainment training to maintain proficiency and combat readiness while deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group during Western Pacific Deployment 16-1. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alvin Pujols/RELEASED)
DJIBOUTI, Africa (April 27,2016) --U.S. Marines with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit explain their various weapon systems to Tom Kelly, the U.S. Ambassador to Djibouti, April 27, 2016, in Djibouti. The 13th MEU is conducting sustainment training to maintain proficiency and combat readiness while deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group during Western Pacific Deployment 16-1. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alvin Pujols/RELEASED)
U.S. Ambassador visits Gunsmoke Djibouti
DJIBOUTI, Africa (April 27,2016) --U.S. Marines with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit explain their various weapon systems to Tom Kelly, the U.S. Ambassador to Djibouti, April 27, 2016, in Djibouti. The 13th MEU is conducting sustainment training to maintain proficiency and combat readiness while deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group during Western Pacific Deployment 16-1. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alvin Pujols/RELEASED)
DJIBOUTI, Africa (April 27,2016) --U.S. Marine 1st Lt. Matthew S. Kelley, a Light Armored Reconnaissance platoon commander with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, assists Tom Kelly, the U.S. Ambassador to Djibouti, with proper protective equipment before he travels in a Light Armored Vehicle in Djibouti, April 27, 2016. The 13th MEU is conducting sustainment training to maintain proficiency and combat readiness while deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group during Western Pacific Deployment 16-1. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alvin Pujols/RELEASED)
U.S. Ambassador visits Gunsmoke Djibouti
DJIBOUTI, Africa (April 27,2016) --U.S. Marine 1st Lt. Matthew S. Kelley, a Light Armored Reconnaissance platoon commander with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, assists Tom Kelly, the U.S. Ambassador to Djibouti, with proper protective equipment before he travels in a Light Armored Vehicle in Djibouti, April 27, 2016. The 13th MEU is conducting sustainment training to maintain proficiency and combat readiness while deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group during Western Pacific Deployment 16-1. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alvin Pujols/RELEASED)
DJIBOUTI, Africa (April 27,2016) --Tom Kelly, the U.S. Ambassador to Djibouti, climbs onto a Light Armored Vehicle before a convoy departs in Djibouti, April 27, 2016. The 13th MEU is conducting sustainment training to maintain proficiency and combat readiness while deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group during Western Pacific Deployment 16-1. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alvin Pujols/RELEASED)
U.S. Ambassador visits Gunsmoke Djibouti
DJIBOUTI, Africa (April 27,2016) --Tom Kelly, the U.S. Ambassador to Djibouti, climbs onto a Light Armored Vehicle before a convoy departs in Djibouti, April 27, 2016. The 13th MEU is conducting sustainment training to maintain proficiency and combat readiness while deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group during Western Pacific Deployment 16-1. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alvin Pujols/RELEASED)
DJIBOUTI, Africa (April 27,2016) --U.S. Marine Sgt. Michael B. Leason Jr., an artillery section chief with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, explains what it takes to fire a M777 Howitzer to Tom Kelly, the U.S. Ambassador to Djibouti, April 27,2016, in Djibouti. The 13th MEU is conducting sustainment training to maintain proficiency and combat readiness while deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group during Western Pacific Deployment 16-1. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alvin Pujols/RELEASED)
U.S. Ambassador visits Gunsmoke Djibouti
DJIBOUTI, Africa (April 27,2016) --U.S. Marine Sgt. Michael B. Leason Jr., an artillery section chief with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, explains what it takes to fire a M777 Howitzer to Tom Kelly, the U.S. Ambassador to Djibouti, April 27,2016, in Djibouti. The 13th MEU is conducting sustainment training to maintain proficiency and combat readiness while deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group during Western Pacific Deployment 16-1. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alvin Pujols/RELEASED)
U.S. Marine Satff Sgt. Trent Countryman, an explosive ordnance disposal technician with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, explains what the position of origin is during an improvised explosive device training lane in Djibouti, April 22, 2016. The 13th MEU is conducting sustainment training to maintain proficiency and combat readiness as part of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group on a scheduled deployment to the Western Pacific area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alvin Pujols/RELEASED)
13th MEU cruises through IED training
U.S. Marine Satff Sgt. Trent Countryman, an explosive ordnance disposal technician with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, explains what the position of origin is during an improvised explosive device training lane in Djibouti, April 22, 2016. The 13th MEU is conducting sustainment training to maintain proficiency and combat readiness as part of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group on a scheduled deployment to the Western Pacific area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alvin Pujols/RELEASED)
U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Trent Countryman, an explosive ordnance disposal technician with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, unearths a simulated improvised explosive device in Djibouti, April 22, 2016. The 13th MEU is conducting sustainment training to maintain proficiency and combat readiness while deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group during Western Pacific Deployment 16-1. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alvin Pujols/RELEASED)
13th MEU cruises through IED training
U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Trent Countryman, an explosive ordnance disposal technician with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, unearths a simulated improvised explosive device in Djibouti, April 22, 2016. The 13th MEU is conducting sustainment training to maintain proficiency and combat readiness while deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group during Western Pacific Deployment 16-1. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alvin Pujols/RELEASED)
U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Trent Countryman, an explosive ordnance disposal technician with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, explains different parts of an improvised explosive device training lane in Djibouti, April 22, 2016. The 13th MEU is conducting sustainment training to maintain proficiency and combat readiness while deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group during Western Pacific Deployment 16-1. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alvin Pujols/RELEASED)
13th MEU cruises through IED training
U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Trent Countryman, an explosive ordnance disposal technician with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, explains different parts of an improvised explosive device training lane in Djibouti, April 22, 2016. The 13th MEU is conducting sustainment training to maintain proficiency and combat readiness while deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group during Western Pacific Deployment 16-1. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alvin Pujols/RELEASED)
U.S. Marines with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit conduct a casualty evacuation drill in Djibouti, April 20, 2016. The 13th MEU is conducting sustainment training to maintain proficiency and combat readiness while deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group during Western Pacific Deployment 16-1. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alvin Pujols/RELEASED)
13th MEU Marines train in Djibouti
U.S. Marines with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit conduct a casualty evacuation drill in Djibouti, April 20, 2016. The 13th MEU is conducting sustainment training to maintain proficiency and combat readiness while deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group during Western Pacific Deployment 16-1. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alvin Pujols/RELEASED)
U.S. Marines with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit conduct a casualty evacuation drill in Djibouti, April 20, 2016. The 13th MEU is conducting sustainment training to maintain proficiency and combat readiness while deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group during Western Pacific Deployment 16-1. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alvin Pujols/RELEASED)
13th MEU Marines train in Djibouti
U.S. Marines with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit conduct a casualty evacuation drill in Djibouti, April 20, 2016. The 13th MEU is conducting sustainment training to maintain proficiency and combat readiness while deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group during Western Pacific Deployment 16-1. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alvin Pujols/RELEASED)
U.S. Marines with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit conduct a casualty evacuation drill in Djibouti, April 20, 2016. The 13th MEU is conducting sustainment training to maintain proficiency and combat readiness while deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group during Western Pacific Deployment 16-1. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alvin Pujols/RELEASED)
13th MEU Marines train in Djibouti
U.S. Marines with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit conduct a casualty evacuation drill in Djibouti, April 20, 2016. The 13th MEU is conducting sustainment training to maintain proficiency and combat readiness while deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group during Western Pacific Deployment 16-1. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alvin Pujols/RELEASED)
U.S. Marines with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit conduct a casualty evacuation drill in Djibouti, April 20, 2016. The 13th MEU is conducting sustainment training to maintain proficiency and combat readiness while deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group during Western Pacific Deployment 16-1. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alvin Pujols/RELEASED)
13th MEU Marines train in Djibouti
U.S. Marines with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit conduct a casualty evacuation drill in Djibouti, April 20, 2016. The 13th MEU is conducting sustainment training to maintain proficiency and combat readiness while deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group during Western Pacific Deployment 16-1. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alvin Pujols/RELEASED)
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.

The 13th MEU is currently deployed for seven months on a WestPac 16-1 conducting exercises, theater security cooperation events, and postured to support the Theater Commanders in response to crisis. 

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