What We Do

Air, Ground
and Sea

As the force that fights in air, on ground and at sea, Marines are able to engage and win on every front.

Winning Our Nation’s Battles

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Marines are trained and equipped to answer threats all over the world because our nation has interests beyond the borders of the United States. The Marine Corps functions as a unique force, combining ground, aviation and amphibious assets to defend our country and its interests. From joint training that reinforces our relationships with allied countries to antiterrorism missions to secure key ports, Marines are prepared to win, wherever the battle takes them. Watch below.

  • Video details the training Marine forces provided to the Ugandan People's Defense Force to help them in the battle against Al-Shabaab.
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    The fight against Al-Shabaab

    After the fall of the Somali government, Al-Shabaab, the African arm of Al-Qaeda, rose to power and destabilized the region. To help them in the battle against these warlords, Marine forces trained the Ugandan People's Defense Force.

    Video details the training Marine forces provided to the Ugandan People's Defense Force to help them in the battle against Al-Shabaab.
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    The fight against Al-Shabaab

    After the fall of the Somali government, Al-Shabaab, the African arm of Al-Qaeda, rose to power and destabilized the region. To help them in the battle against these warlords, Marine forces trained the Ugandan People's Defense Force.

  • Video outlines actions of a Marine MEU to save a commercial ship high-jacked by Somali pirates.
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    Somali Pirate Takedown

    When Somali pirates took a German merchant vessel hostage, a Marine Maritime Raid Force was ready to help in the effort to rescue the crew.

    Video outlines actions of a Marine MEU to save a commercial ship high-jacked by Somali pirates.
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    Somali Pirate Takedown

    When Somali pirates took a German merchant vessel hostage, a Marine Maritime Raid Force was ready to help in the effort to rescue the crew.

  • Video details Marines opening Afghan Schools and providing security in the region.
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    Opening Afghan Schools

    After intense fighting in southern Afghanistan, Marines continued to fight for peace and justice for Afghan citizens. Female Engagement Teams (FETs) built trust with the population and worked to rebuild schools to empower Afghan children with literacy and education.

    Video details Marines opening Afghan Schools and providing security in the region.
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    Opening Afghan Schools

    After intense fighting in southern Afghanistan, Marines continued to fight for peace and justice for Afghan citizens. Female Engagement Teams (FETs) built trust with the population and worked to rebuild schools to empower Afghan children with literacy and education.

​Marine Air-Ground Task Force

The Marine Corps uses a flexible organizational structure that is specifically designed for swift deployment of forces by air, land or sea. The Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) provides our nation with a variety of response options, coordinating teams of ground, air and logistics assets under a central command that is built to conduct a full range of operations. Because the MAGTF can be adapted, Marines are ready to fight battles around the world at a moment’s notice.

Prepared for Anything

Long form video detailing how Marine Expeditionary Units and other Marine Air Ground Task Forces allow Marines to deploy within hours.

In combat and non-combat situations alike, the Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) is our country’s self-contained, forward-deployed response force. Embarked aboard amphibious assault ships, it is the MEU that gets Marines to the fights they will win. Each MEU maintains a constant state of readiness, enabling Marine commanders to plan and launch a wide array of missions within six hours.

Long form video detailing how Marine Expeditionary Units and other Marine Air Ground Task Forces allow Marines to deploy within hours.

In combat and non-combat situations alike, the Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) is our country’s self-contained, forward-deployed response force. Embarked aboard amphibious assault ships, it is the MEU that gets Marines to the fights they will win. Each MEU maintains a constant state of readiness, enabling Marine commanders to plan and launch a wide array of missions within six hours.