Nearly 700 Marines attached to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, ll Marine Expeditionary Force from Camp Lejeune are departing today aboard the USS Kearsarge bound for Houston, Texas to lend assistance in relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.
In a press release issued Wednesday evening by Public Affairs Office ll MEF, in addition to the personnel, the contingent will have available — if requested by authorities and agencies on the ground in Texas — equipment including eight MV-22B Ospreys, three CH-53E Super Stallions and three UH-1Y Hueys. Additional capabilities include water purification and storage, engineering, aerial reconnaissance and aid distribution. In anticipation of future tasking, II MEF also alerted the Camp Allen Logistics Command team, which bolsters the II MEF logistics capability, and deployed a liaison/ planning team to Expeditionary Strike Group-2, according to the release.
The 26th MEU is in the process of conducting training work ups in preparation for their next overseas deployment scheduled to occur sometime in the first quarter of 2018. Elements from the 26th MEU recently conducted a “Realistic Urban Training” exercise at the Kinston Regional Jetport on Aug. 25. At the practice Ronald A. Jones, director, MAGTF Live Exercises said that a group from the 26th MEU will be returning to Kinston in October to take part in a “mass causality” exercise.
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