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U.S. Marines with 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, provide security during exercise Hagåtña Fury 21 on Ukibaru, Japan, Feb. 18, 2021. The exercise demonstrated that Marines are capable of seizing, defending, and providing expeditionary sustainment for key maritime terrain in support of the III Marine Expeditionary Force. 3/8 is attached to 3rd Marine Division as a part of the unit deployment program.

Photo by Cpl. Kallahan Morris

Littoral Operations in a Contested Environment (LOCE)

2 Aug 2021 | Courtesy Story The Official United States Marine Corps Public Website

Littoral Operations in a Contested Environment (LOCE) is a concept that describes the integrated application of Navy and Marine Corps capabilities to overcome emerging threats within littoral areas that are rapidly expanding in operational depth, complexity, and lethality.

For years our naval team has enjoyed the benefits of maritime superiority.  As a result, we’ve evolved our forces in ways that maximize our maritime power projection capabilities unencumbered by the concurrent need to achieve and maintain sea control. 

LOCE places a renewed emphasis on gaining sea control, to include employing sea-based and land-based Marine Corps capabilities to support the sea control fight.