Thousands of U.S. Marines Deployed to the Middle East

The vessel that entered the Red Sea has the capacity to accommodate more than twenty helicopters and airplanes.
On August 6, over 3,000 American sailors and Marines from the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in the Middle East, as part of a deployment previously announced by the Department of Defense. The U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet website reported this development.

Following transit through the Suez Canal from the Mediterranean Sea, the amphibious ship USS Bataan (LHD 50) and the amphibious ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) entered the Red Sea. The Bataan ARG/26th MEU units are introducing supplementary aviation and naval assets to the region, along with an increased presence of U.S. Marines and sailors, bolstering the adaptability and maritime effectiveness of the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet.

The amphibious vessel has the capability to house more than twenty helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft, encompassing MV-22 Osprey helicopters and AV-8B Harrier jets, in addition to several amphibious landing ships. Furthermore, the dock landing ship provides support for various helicopter operations, tactical transport vehicles, and amphibious landing ships.

Situated at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) possesses the capacity to execute amphibious missions, swiftly address critical situations, and undertake restricted contingency operations to tackle unforeseen events. This encompasses the potential for exerting influence through force projection and executing specific special operations.

The operational expanse overseen by the U.S. 5th Fleet encompasses approximately 2.5 million square miles of aquatic territory. This includes vital regions such as the Persian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, Red Sea, segments of the Indian Ocean, and three pivotal maritime passages: the Strait of Hormuz, Suez Canal, and Bab al-Mandab Strait.