The 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit serves as one of the Nation's premier crisis response forces capable of conducting amphibious operations, crisis response and limited contingency operations, to include enabling follow-on forces and special operations.
"The MEU enabled by amphibious ships remains the crown jewel of our naval expeditionary forces. No naval vessel in our inventory is capable of supporting a more diverse set of missions than the amphibious warship." (U.S. Marine Corps video by Cpl. Michele Clarke)