Fifth Battalion, Eleventh Marines
5th Battalion, 11th Marines is a 155MM Howitzer Battalion comprised of four Firing Batteries and a Headquarters Battery. The Primary Mission is the Direct Support of the 5th Marine Infantry Regiment in time of conflict. That support may come in the traditional fashion of artillery support to maneuver forces, or by providing batteries to serve as professional rifle companies. The weapon of the Battalion is the M198 Howitzer which as a range of 30km. The command is approximately 800 strong.
5th Battalion, 11th Marines embarked USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) between 15 and 25 May 2003 and rode the ship back to the United States. After making port visits to Australia and Hawaii, the Marines returned to Camp Pendleton by the end of July 2003.
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