13th Marine Expeditionary Unit

 

13th Marine Expeditionary Unit

"The Fighting Thirteenth"

Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California
U.S. Marines with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit conduct a live-fire range with various weapon systems in Djibouti, Apr. 17, 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 sustain training in Djibouti
U.S. Marines with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit conduct a live-fire range with various weapon systems in Djibouti, Apr. 17, 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 live-fire range with various weapon systems in Djibouti, Apr. 17, 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 sustain training in Djibouti
U.S. Marines with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit conduct a live-fire range with various weapon systems in Djibouti, Apr. 17, 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 live-fire range with various weapon systems in Djibouti, Apr. 17, 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 sustain training in Djibouti
U.S. Marines with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit conduct a live-fire range with various weapon systems in Djibouti, Apr. 17, 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 1st Lieutenant Joshua Marano with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit syncs with Marines before maneuvering to the simulated isolated person during Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel training at Training Area Bravo 1, Djibouti, Africa, April 19, 2016. The 13th MEU is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th fleet area of operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Hector de Jesus/RELEASED)
TRAP Training
U.S. Marine 1st Lieutenant Joshua Marano with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit syncs with Marines before maneuvering to the simulated isolated person during Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel training at Training Area Bravo 1, Djibouti, Africa, April 19, 2016. The 13th MEU is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th fleet area of operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Hector de Jesus/RELEASED)
U.S. Marine Corporal Jordan Kane with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit fires at the enemy position on top of a ridge line during Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel training at Training Area Bravo 1, Djibouti, Africa, April 19, 2016. The 13th MEU is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th fleet area of operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Hector de Jesus/RELEASED)
TRAP Training
U.S. Marine Corporal Jordan Kane with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit fires at the enemy position on top of a ridge line during Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel training at Training Area Bravo 1, Djibouti, Africa, April 19, 2016. The 13th MEU is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th fleet area of operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Hector de Jesus/RELEASED)
U.S. Marine Corporal Joshua Baker with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit sends and receives information over his radio during Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel training at Training Area Bravo 1, Djibouti, Africa, April 19, 2016. The 13th MEU is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th fleet area of operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Hector de Jesus/RELEASED)
TRAP Training
U.S. Marine Corporal Joshua Baker with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit sends and receives information over his radio during Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel training at Training Area Bravo 1, Djibouti, Africa, April 19, 2016. The 13th MEU is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th fleet area of operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Hector de Jesus/RELEASED)
U.S. Marine Gunnery Sergeant Leonard Tardiff with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit directs Marines to new fighting positions during Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel training at Training Area Bravo 1, Djibouti, Africa, April 19, 2016. The 13th MEU is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th fleet area of operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Hector de Jesus/RELEASED)
TRAP Training
U.S. Marine Gunnery Sergeant Leonard Tardiff with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit directs Marines to new fighting positions during Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel training at Training Area Bravo 1, Djibouti, Africa, April 19, 2016. The 13th MEU is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th fleet area of operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Hector de Jesus/RELEASED)
U.S. Sailor Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Joseph Dawson with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit obtains the heart rate of a simulated injured isolated person during Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel training at Training Area Bravo 1, Djibouti, Africa, April 19, 2016. The 13th MEU is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th fleet area of operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Hector de Jesus/RELEASED)
TRAP Training
U.S. Sailor Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Joseph Dawson with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit obtains the heart rate of a simulated injured isolated person during Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel training at Training Area Bravo 1, Djibouti, Africa, April 19, 2016. The 13th MEU is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th fleet area of operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Hector de Jesus/RELEASED)
U.S. Marines and Sailors with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit prepare to transport a simulated injured isolated person to the extraction point during Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel training at Training Area Bravo 1, Djibouti, Africa, April 19, 2016. The 13th MEU is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th fleet area of operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Hector de Jesus/RELEASED)
TRAP Training
U.S. Marines and Sailors with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit prepare to transport a simulated injured isolated person to the extraction point during Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel training at Training Area Bravo 1, Djibouti, Africa, April 19, 2016. The 13th MEU is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th fleet area of operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Hector de Jesus/RELEASED)
U.S. Marines and Sailors with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit carry a simulated injured isolated person to their extraction point during Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel training at Training Area Bravo 1, Djibouti, Africa, April 19, 2016. The 13th MEU is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th fleet area of operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Hector de Jesus/RELEASED)
TRAP Training
U.S. Marines and Sailors with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit carry a simulated injured isolated person to their extraction point during Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel training at Training Area Bravo 1, Djibouti, Africa, April 19, 2016. The 13th MEU is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th fleet area of operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Hector de Jesus/RELEASED)
U.S. Marines and Sailors with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit assess a simulated injured isolated person before moving to the extraction point during Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel training at Training Area Bravo 1, Djibouti, Africa, April 19, 2016. The 13th MEU is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th fleet area of operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Hector de Jesus/RELEASED)
TRAP Training
U.S. Marines and Sailors with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit assess a simulated injured isolated person before moving to the extraction point during Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel training at Training Area Bravo 1, Djibouti, Africa, April 19, 2016. The 13th MEU is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th fleet area of operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Hector de Jesus/RELEASED)
U.S. Marines and Sailors with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit apply a splint to a simulated injured isolated person during Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel training at Training Area Bravo 1, Djibouti, Africa, April 19, 2016. The 13th MEU is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th fleet area of operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Hector de Jesus/RELEASED)
TRAP Training
U.S. Marines and Sailors with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit apply a splint to a simulated injured isolated person during Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel training at Training Area Bravo 1, Djibouti, Africa, April 19, 2016. The 13th MEU is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th fleet area of operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Hector de Jesus/RELEASED)
U.S. Marines with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, load a M-240 Bravo while conducting weapons familiarization training and drills on Range TC-02 during Western Pacific Deployment 16-1, Djibouti, Africa, April 17, 2016. The 13th MEU is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th fleet area of operations (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Hector de Jesus/RELEASED)
FOX and TRAP RANGE TC-02
U.S. Marines with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, load a M-240 Bravo while conducting weapons familiarization training and drills on Range TC-02 during Western Pacific Deployment 16-1, Djibouti, Africa, April 17, 2016. The 13th MEU is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th fleet area of operations (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Hector de Jesus/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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13th Marine Expeditionary Unit

P.O. Box 555363

Camp Pendleton CA, 92055

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