13th Marine Expeditionary Unit

 

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.
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U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jose Elias, left, and U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Justin Chandler, right, both currently assigned to Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force – WASP, render salutes before boarding the USS Wasp (LHD 1) on Naval Base San Diego, Sept. 22, 2019. Marines and Sailors embarked on the USS Wasp as part of SPMAGTF-WASP to deploy to the Southern Command area of responsibility. Working together with our partner nation’s militaries allows us to increase our combined readiness and create a unified effort to respond to natural disasters in the future. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Teagan Fredericks)
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Stuart D. Glass, the sergeant major of Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force- WASP, participates in a physical training session aboard the USS Wasp (LHD 1), at Naval Base San Diego, Sept. 24, 2019. Marines and Sailors are embarked on the USS Wasp as part of SPMAGTF-WASP to deploy to the Southern Command area of responsibility. SPMAGTF-WASP provides an excellent venue to increase overall readiness and military proficiency for all participants. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Teagan Fredericks)
U.S. Marines with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force- WASP, observe various landmarks while departing Naval Base San Diego aboard the USS Wasp (LHD 1), Sept. 26, 2019. Marines and Sailors are embarked on the USS Wasp as part of SPMAGTF-WASP to deploy to the Southern Command area of responsibility. SPMAGTF-WASP provides an excellent venue to increase overall readiness and military proficiency for all participants. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Teagan Fredericks)
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Victoria Fontanelli, an administrative specialist with 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit Command Element, holds her diploma after completing Corporals Course, at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Oct. 4, 2019. Corporals Course’s mission is to provide the Marine Corporal with the education and leadership skills necessary to lead Marines in any clime and place. Fontanelli, a native of Henderson, Nev., graduated from Sierra Vista High School and was subsequently recruited out of Marine Corps Recruiting Command Sub Station West Vegas. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Brendan Custer)
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Milton Rendonduque, a satellite operator with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-WASP, translates for a member of the Colombian Naval Infantry during a humanitarian aid planning exercise aboard the USS Wasp (LHD 1), at sea, Sept. 27, 2019. Marines and Sailors are embarked on the USS Wasp as part of SPMAGTF-WASP to deploy to the Southern Command area of responsibility. Working together with our partner nation’s militaries allows us to increase our readiness and create a unified effort to respond to natural disasters in the future. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Teagan Fredericks)
U.S. Marine Cpl. Kelvin Vittini, an aviation maintenance technician with the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-WASP has his chevrons placed on his collar by Col. Andrew T. Priddy, the commanding officer and Sgt. Maj. Stuart D. Glass, the sergeant major of SPMAGTF-WASP during a promotion ceremony aboard the USS Wasp (LHD-1), in the Pacific Ocean, Oct. 1, 2019. The ceremony is a military tradition to formally promote service members in front of the unit. SPMAGTF-WASP provides an excellent venue to increase overall readiness and military proficiency for all participants. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Robert L. Kuehn)
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Patrick Espinola, a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense specialist with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, I Marine Expeditionary Force, executes a pistol belt drag with Gunnery Sgt. Artur Shvartsberg, the force fitness instructor with the 13th MEU, I MEF, during a unit physical training event at Camp Pendleton Calif., September 6, 2019. The unit conducted various callisthenic exercises which closely replicate the physical exertion of combat to increase their physical readiness. The California based 13th MEU is a scalable, and highly capable Marine Air Ground Task Force, designed to rapidly respond to a wide range of military operations around the globe. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. A. J. Van Fredenberg)
13th MEU Videos
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) 468 7916

Deployment Readiness Coordinator: (760) 468 8171

Chaplain: (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

 

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