13th Marine Expeditionary Unit

 

13th Marine Expeditionary Unit

"The Fighting Thirteenth"

Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California
An instructor from the Special Training Branch of the Expeditionary Training Group, gives the signal for Marines to exit a CH-53E Helicopter in flight during Fast Rope training as part of a predeployment package on Aug. 12, 2015. Fast Roping allows Marines to be placed onto almost any target zone rapidly with almost any weapons in the Corps' arsenal. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Paris Capers/ RELEASED)
13th MEU Marines get roped into good training
An instructor from the Special Training Branch of the Expeditionary Training Group, gives the signal for Marines to exit a CH-53E Helicopter in flight during Fast Rope training as part of a predeployment package on Aug. 12, 2015. Fast Roping allows Marines to be placed onto almost any target zone rapidly with almost any weapons in the Corps' arsenal. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Paris Capers/ RELEASED)
U.S. Marines with Battalion Landing Team 2/1,the ground combat element for the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, pull the insertion rope taut as a CH-53E helicopter lands during the fast-rope portion of a predeployment training package on Aug. 12, 2015. Fast-roping allows Marines to be placed onto almost any target zone rapidly with almost any weapons in the Corps' arsenal. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Paris Capers/ RELEASED)
13th MEU Marines get roped into good training
U.S. Marines with Battalion Landing Team 2/1,the ground combat element for the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, pull the insertion rope taut as a CH-53E helicopter lands during the fast-rope portion of a predeployment training package on Aug. 12, 2015. Fast-roping allows Marines to be placed onto almost any target zone rapidly with almost any weapons in the Corps' arsenal. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Paris Capers/ RELEASED)
U.S. Marines with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit's Force Reconnaissance Detachment alongside Battalion Landing Team 2/1,the MEU's ground combat element,conducted Fast-rope training out of CH-53E Helicopters as part of a predeployment package on Aug. 12, 2015. Fast Roping allows Marines to be placed onto almost any target zone rapidly with almost any weapons in the Corps' arsenal. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Paris Capers/ RELEASED)
13th MEU Marines get roped into good training
U.S. Marines with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit's Force Reconnaissance Detachment alongside Battalion Landing Team 2/1,the MEU's ground combat element,conducted Fast-rope training out of CH-53E Helicopters as part of a predeployment package on Aug. 12, 2015. Fast Roping allows Marines to be placed onto almost any target zone rapidly with almost any weapons in the Corps' arsenal. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Paris Capers/ RELEASED)
A U.S. Marine with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit's Reconnaissance Detachment, peers out the rear of a CH53E helicopter before takeoff during Fast-rope training as part of a predeployment package on Aug. 12, 2015. Fast Roping allows Marines to be placed onto almost any target zone rapidly with almost any weapons in the Corps' arsenal. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Paris Capers/ RELEASED)
13th MEU Marines get roped into good training
A U.S. Marine with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit's Reconnaissance Detachment, peers out the rear of a CH53E helicopter before takeoff during Fast-rope training as part of a predeployment package on Aug. 12, 2015. Fast Roping allows Marines to be placed onto almost any target zone rapidly with almost any weapons in the Corps' arsenal. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Paris Capers/ RELEASED)
A U.S. Marine with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit's Force Reconnaissance Detachment, slides down the insertion rope during Fast Rope training out of CH-53E Helicopters as part of a predeployment package on Aug. 12, 2015. Fast Roping allows Marines to be placed onto almost any target zone rapidly with almost any weapons in the Corps' arsenal. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Paris Capers/ RELEASED)
13th MEU Marines get roped into good training
A U.S. Marine with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit's Force Reconnaissance Detachment, slides down the insertion rope during Fast Rope training out of CH-53E Helicopters as part of a predeployment package on Aug. 12, 2015. Fast Roping allows Marines to be placed onto almost any target zone rapidly with almost any weapons in the Corps' arsenal. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Paris Capers/ RELEASED)
A Helicopter Rope Suspension Training (HRST) Master with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit's Force Reconnaissance Detachment, peers out the bottom of a CH-53E Helicopter in flight for the signal to begin sending Marines down the rope during Fast-rope training on Aug. 12, 2015. Fast Roping allows Marines to be placed onto almost any target zone rapidly with almost any weapons in the Corps' arsenal. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Paris Capers/ RELEASED)
13th MEU Marines get roped into good training
A Helicopter Rope Suspension Training (HRST) Master with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit's Force Reconnaissance Detachment, peers out the bottom of a CH-53E Helicopter in flight for the signal to begin sending Marines down the rope during Fast-rope training on Aug. 12, 2015. Fast Roping allows Marines to be placed onto almost any target zone rapidly with almost any weapons in the Corps' arsenal. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Paris Capers/ RELEASED)
A U.S. Marine with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit's Force Reconnaissance Detachment, prepares to slide down the insertion rope of a CH53-E Helicopter during Fast Rope training as part of a predeployment package on Aug. 12, 2015. Fast Roping allows Marines to be placed onto almost any target zone rapidly with almost any weapons in the Corps' arsenal. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Paris Capers/ RELEASED)
13th MEU Marines get roped into good training
A U.S. Marine with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit's Force Reconnaissance Detachment, prepares to slide down the insertion rope of a CH53-E Helicopter during Fast Rope training as part of a predeployment package on Aug. 12, 2015. Fast Roping allows Marines to be placed onto almost any target zone rapidly with almost any weapons in the Corps' arsenal. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Paris Capers/ RELEASED)
U.S. Marines with Battalion Landing Team 2/1, the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit's ground combat element, file into the rear of a CH53-E helicopter for Fast Rope training as part of a predeployment package on Aug. 12, 2015. Fast Roping allows Marines to be placed onto almost any target zone rapidly with almost any weapons in the Corps' arsenal. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Paris Capers/ RELEASED)
13th MEU Marines get roped into good training
U.S. Marines with Battalion Landing Team 2/1, the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit's ground combat element, file into the rear of a CH53-E helicopter for Fast Rope training as part of a predeployment package on Aug. 12, 2015. Fast Roping allows Marines to be placed onto almost any target zone rapidly with almost any weapons in the Corps' arsenal. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Paris Capers/ RELEASED)
Colonel Anthony Henderson, the commanding officer of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, delivers comments during the Composite Ceremony aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., August 7, 2015. The ceremony celebrates the joining of the command element, ground combat element, logistic combat element and air combat element for the 13th MEU’s upcoming deployment in early 2016.
13th MEU joins with combat elements
Colonel Anthony Henderson, the commanding officer of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, delivers comments during the Composite Ceremony aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., August 7, 2015. The ceremony celebrates the joining of the command element, ground combat element, logistic combat element and air combat element for the 13th MEU’s upcoming deployment in early 2016.
Marines with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit showcase a M1A1 Abrams tank to the Marines, Sailors and their families aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., August 7, 2015. The 13th MEU held their Composite Ceremony, followed by a Family Day to signify unity of the newly composited Marine Air-Ground Task Force.
13th MEU joins with combat elements
Marines with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit showcase a M1A1 Abrams tank to the Marines, Sailors and their families aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., August 7, 2015. The 13th MEU held their Composite Ceremony, followed by a Family Day to signify unity of the newly composited Marine Air-Ground Task Force.
A Marine with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit allows a family member to try on the camouflage gear used during reconnaissance and surveillance missions aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., August 7, 2015. The 13th MEU held their Composite Ceremony today, followed by a Family Day to signify unity of the newly composited Marine Air-Ground Task Force.
13th MEU joins with combat elements
A Marine with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit allows a family member to try on the camouflage gear used during reconnaissance and surveillance missions aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., August 7, 2015. The 13th MEU held their Composite Ceremony today, followed by a Family Day to signify unity of the newly composited Marine Air-Ground Task Force.
A Marine with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit allows a curious family member to use an anti-air javelin system aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., August 7, 2015. The 13th MEU held their Composite Ceremony today, followed by a Family Day to signify unity of the newly composited Marine Air-Ground Task Force.
13th MEU joins with combat elements
A Marine with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit allows a curious family member to use an anti-air javelin system aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., August 7, 2015. The 13th MEU held their Composite Ceremony today, followed by a Family Day to signify unity of the newly composited Marine Air-Ground Task Force.
Marines with the 13th Marine Expidtionary Unit Maritime Raid Force conduct the final phase of Close Quarters Tactics Course during pre-deployment training aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calid., June 26, 2015. The 13th MEU is preparing for an upcoming deployment in the CENTCOM and PACOM areas.(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Alvin Pujols/Released)
13th MEU conducts Close Quarters Tactics training
Marines with the 13th Marine Expidtionary Unit Maritime Raid Force conduct the final phase of Close Quarters Tactics Course during pre-deployment training aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calid., June 26, 2015. The 13th MEU is preparing for an upcoming deployment in the CENTCOM and PACOM areas.(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance 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.

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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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

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Mailing Address:

13th Marine Expeditionary Unit

P.O. Box 555363

Camp Pendleton CA, 92055