FORT A.P. HILL, Va. -- Marines and sailors with 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit initiated their last major land-based pre-deployment exercise, Realistic Urban Training, aboard Fort AP Hill, Va., June 2.
During the 18-day training evolution, the three elements of the MEU will conduct several urban training exercises in a realistic environment. Some of the exercises include vehicle control point procedures, tactical site exploitation, key leader engagement, language training, interaction with host-nation forces, Improvised Explosive Device recognition, riot control, detentions, and platoon-sized urban assault. Units will also conduct combined arms integration and live fire, convoy live fire and other exercises.
The MEU will follow RUT with a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) in early July and a Certification Exercise (CERTEX) in August, which will conclude its pre-deployment training.
The Camp Lejeune-based MEU, which is comprised of Battalion Landing Team 3/8, Combat Logistics Battalion 26, and Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 266 (Reinforced), is preparing for a deployment aboard USS Kearsarge, USS Ponce, and USS Carter Hall this fall.