15th MEU Marines Dodger Stadium training
U.S Marine Sgt. Eric Maehler holds security while conducting a raid during realistic urban training at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Dec. 8, 2014. Maehler is a team leader with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Maritime Raid Force. RUT prepares the Marines of the 15th MEU for their upcoming deployment by enhancing their combat skills in environments they may encounter in future missions. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Anna Albrecht/Released)

The following is a release from the U.S. Marines:

Marines from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit conducted a simulated raid to capture a high value target at Dodger Stadium [Tuesday].Using MV-22B Ospreys and other aircraft, the MEU inserted a raid force nearly 170 miles from Fort Hunter Liggett, near Monterey, and assaulted through the stadium to capture a simulated high value target, and then returned to base.The raid was part of the MEU’s realistic urban training exercise, running from Dec. 5-16. RUT is the first major exercise in the MEU’s pre-deployment training package as the unit trains to deploy in the spring. We deeply appreciate the training opportunity and the patience and support of the local communities as we conduct this vital training.

Raids are a core skill of MEUs, which combine ground, aviation, and logistics elements and operate aboard U.S. Navy amphibious shipping. MEU’s are capable of a wide variety of missions that also include humanitarian assistance and disaster response, amphibious operations, and crisis response.

The 15th MEU is composed of a command element and three major subordinate elements. They are Battalion Landing Team 3/1, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 161 (Reinforced) and Combat Logistics Battalion 15, the ground, aviation and logistics elements respectively. The 15th MEU is scheduled to deploy in the spring aboard the USS Essex Amphibious Ready Group which includes USS Essex, USS Anchorage, and the USS Rushmore.

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