13th Marine Expeditionary Unit


13th Marine Expeditionary Unit

"The Fighting Thirteenth"

Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California
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.
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Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) 2018
U.S. Marines with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit conduct training and operations with the Malaysian Armed Forces during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) 2018, August 15 - 20, 2018. CARAT Malaysia, in its 24th iteration, is designed to enhance information sharing and cooperation, build mutual warfighting capability and support long-term regional cooperation enabling both partner armed forces to operate effectively together as a unified maritime force. “Marine Corps F-35Bs launching from the deck of USS Essex and striking targets ashore as part of routine training simply makes us a more lethal force,” said Rear Adm. Brad Cooper, commander, Amphibious Force, U.S. 7th Fleet. The Essex Amphibious Ready Group and 13th MEU is the first continental United States Navy/Marine Corps team to deploy with the F-35B.(U.S. Marine Corps video by Cpl. Francisco J. Diaz Jr.)
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Unit Phone Number: (760) 763-0880

Command Duty Officer: (760) 468-3536

Communication Strategy and Operations

(Public Affairs Office): (760) 725-0745

Deployment Readiness Coordinator: (760) 468-8171

Chaplain: (760) 760-725-7137


24/7 Sexual Assault Support Line: (760) 500-1707


Mailing Address:

13th Marine Expeditionary Unit

P.O. Box 555363

Camp Pendleton CA, 92055