25 Jun '16, 2pm

Wasp gets underway on its first major deployment in more than a decade

Wasp gets underway on its first major deployment in more than a decade

In that light, the MEU placed significant emphasis on building “a very strong relationship” with special operations forces, and even enabled a real-world MARSOC mission with cryptologic linguist support, Col. Todd Simmons, MEU commander, told Marine Corps Times days before departure. The Marines are well prepared for the likelihood of disaggregated ops, he said, which has become increasingly common for ground forces. The Corps has been pushing the company landing team concept, and has tested the integration of artillery in direct support of such a team. A prime example is Task Force Spartan. Its roughly 170 Marines remained in Iraq after the 26th MEU’s April departure, and didn’t return to Camp Lejeune until June 3. The detachment stayed in country to man the guns of a firebase near Makhmour in northern Iraq until U.S. Army artillery could provide relief.

Full article: http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/story/military/2016/06/25...

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