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SENOOR BEACH, Oman (Feb. 15, 2017) U.S. Marine Cpl. Johnathan Riethmann, a mortarman with Company A, Battalion Landing Team 1st Bn., 4th Marines, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, walks to a staging area at Senoor Beach, Oman, in preparation for Exercise Sea Soldier, Feb. 15. Sea Soldier 2017 is an annual, bilateral exercise conducted with the Royal Army of Oman designed to demonstrate the cooperative skill and will of U.S. and partner nations to work together in maintaining regional stability and security. USS Somerset, with the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of maritime security operations designed to reassure allies and partners, preserve the freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce and enhance regional stability. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. Robert B. Brown Jr.)

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US Marines, Omani Soldiers begin Exercise Sea Soldier 17

23 Feb 2017 | 1st Lt. Adam Miller 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit

Led by U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and hosted by the Royal Army of Oman, the annual, two-weeklong bilateral exercise aims to enhance communication and coordination between U.S. and Omani forces, build mutual warfighting capability and support long-term regional cooperation.


“Bilateral exercises, like Sea Soldier, are great opportunities for MEUs because Marines can disembark ships and conduct combat sustainment training in new, unfamiliar environments,” said Col. Clay C. Tipton, commanding officer, 11th MEU. “They have a chance to interact and learn from warriors of a different culture; and these exercises are conducted with key partners in the region to strengthen our collective ability to work together should we have to face emerging crises in the future.”


The training includes: military operations on urban terrain, building clearing, checkpoint operations, command and control procedures, counter-IED training, live-fire ranges, squad to company tactics, mortar ranges, and a culminating final exercise, which will be a combined Omani-U.S. raid. 


“Every opportunity we have to position and launch the landing forces embarked aboard the Somerset is also an opportunity for our Sailors to exercise their technical and tactical expertise,” said U.S. Navy Capt. Darren Glaser, commanding officer, USS Somerset. “Coming together as a larger, blue-green team in support of an exercise or a real world operation is exactly what we train to do.”

U.S. units participating in Sea Soldier are the 11th MEU’s Battalion Landing Team 1st Bn., 4th Marines; Combat Logistics Battalion 11; the MEU’s Command Element; and USS Somerset. The Marines and Sailors debarked from the USS Somerset, Feb. 15, to prepare for Exercise Sea Soldier.

Arriving in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations late November, the MKI ARG is comprised of USS Makin Island , the command ship for Amphibious Squadron 5 and 11th MEU, USS Somerset and amphibious dock landing ship USS Comstock.  

While in the region, the Southern California-based Navy-Marine Corps team falls under Naval Amphibious Forces, Task Force 51/5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade, and will help ensure the free flow of commerce, provide crisis response and support ongoing missions in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.

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For additional information on the 11th MEU contact Maj. Craig Thomas, 11th MEU Public Affairs Officer, at craig.thomas@makin-island.usmc.mil, or Lt. David Gardner, PHIBRON 5 Public Affairs Officer, at gardnedm@lhd8.navy.mil.

For further questions, please contact U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Public Affairs Office
011-973-1785-4562 or navcentpao@me.navy.mil

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