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26th MEU Begins Training in Kuwait

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Story Number: NNS070425-17
Release Date: 4/25/2007 5:06:00 PM

From 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit Public Affairs

CAMP BEUHRING, Kuwait (NNS) -- The 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) completed the off-load of personnel and equipment from the ships of the Bataan Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) into Kuwait April 22 to begin two weeks of sustainment training at the Udairi Range complex.

The training will provide the Marines and Sailors of the MEU an opportunity to exercise and refresh skills that keep the unit ready to conduct contingency operations throughout U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility.

Marine Col. Gregg A. Sturdevant, commanding officer of the 26th MEU, said the off-load into Kuwait will give every element of the MEU a chance to train.

“The Kuwait sustainment training allows the entire MEU air ground logistics team to come ashore for the first time since departing the U.S. in early January,” he said. “We will maximize the training and maintenance opportunities the Udairi Range complex and Camp Beuhring have to offer.”

Upon completion of the scheduled training at Udairi Range, the 26th MEU will rejoin Bataan ESG to continue operations in the region as the strategic reserve.

Since arriving in U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility in February, the 26th MEU has completed three bilateral training exercises with military forces in the Horn of Africa and the Persian Gulf region. Additionally, the 26th MEU and Bataan ESG have been conducting maritime security operations (MSO) in support of U.S. 5th Fleet.

MSO help set the conditions for security and stability in the maritime environment, as well as complement the counter-terrorism and security efforts of regional nations. These operations deny international terrorists use of the maritime environment as a venue for attack or to transport personnel, weapons or other material.

The 26th MEU departed North Carolina Jan. 6 on a routine deployment as the landing force with the Bataan ESG. The strike group is comprised of USS Bataan (LHD 5), USS Oak Hill (LSD 51), USS Shreveport (LPD 12), USS Nitze (DDG 94), USS Vella Gulf (CG 72), USS Underwood (FFG 36) and USS Scranton (SSN 756).

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