Lejeune Marines Europe 2015
Marines with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa watch an MV-22B Osprey land at Morón Air Base, Spain, on Jan. 19. Members of 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines deployed to Spain and Italy in support of the mission on Saturday.
(Photo by Sgt. Paul Peterson / Marine Corps)

Members of the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, based out of Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, have started their deployment for support operations in Europe and Africa.

Approximately 900 Marines deployed this past Saturday as a part of “two rotational deployments based out of Europe,” according to Military Times.

A portion of the Marines will support Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Africa as the unit’s infantry rifle battalion. The Spain-based unit responds to embassy emergencies and other crises across Africa. The rest will head to Romania to form Black Sea Rotational Force, a unit that trains with military forces from across Eastern Europe.

The Marines operating with the two units fall under one headquarters element and will spend about six months overseas. In the past, the Marines deployed under the Spain-based headquarters element have filled three different missions.

“As a SPMAGTF, we are able to complete a variety of missions, including security cooperation with partner and host nations,” 1st Lt. Danielle Dixon, a spokeswoman for the unit, told Military Times.

To read more about the2nd Battalion, 8th Marines deployment in Europe, please visit MilitaryTimes.com.

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