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As Marines leave Afghanistan, more go to sea

As Marines leave Afghanistan, more go to sea

http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/2012/10/marine-expeditionary-units-leave-afghanistan-go-to-sea-103012/ As Marines leave Afghanistan, more go to sea By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer Posted : Tuesday Oct 30, 2012 17:06:31 EDT It’s official. The Marine Corps has returned to its amphibious roots. In late October, there were three Marine expeditionary units — totaling nearly 7,000 Marines — operating in the Indian or far western Pacific oceans, from the Persian Gulf to Thailand, Australia and the Philippines. To put it another way, there are as many, if not more, Marines deployed on Navy ships than in the combat zone in Afghanistan, where troop levels have dropped from 17,000 Marines in the spring to about 7,000 this fall. The Corps’ return to its “amphibious roots” has been a mantra pushed by the service’s senior leaders ever since the eventual end to the wars in Iraq and...

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