first published on July 25, 2018 by Josh
Marine Expeditionary Units are known as the quick reaction force of the United States of America. With constant on-going deployments around the world, these joint Marine Corps/Navy teams are capable of bringing down an array of operations anywhere in the world within 24 hours of receiving the order to move. They are capable of conducting a myriad of operations anywhere in the world within very short windows of notice because of their intense training regimen pre-deployment. These operations range from combat deployments and raids, to humanitarian aid and embassy reinforcement.
In order to be prepared for this large mission-set, Marines and Sailors spend anywhere between 8 and 12 months conducting near constant training and joint-operations. Even while deployed, the training operations continue in locations around the world that will assist the Marines and Sailors in their many potential mission sets, often training with other allied nations who are preparing for the same missions.
During the video below, you will see Marines from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Maritime Raid Force conducting training from a two week long Visit, Board, Search, and Seizure (VBSS) package. During this training, Marines will learn to conduct advanced VBSS operations in the event that the MEU needs to deploy them in that capacity during their 7 to 12 month deployment at sea. This video comes courtesy of the United States Marine Corps and Lance Cpl. Ethan Green.