CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. --
Marines and sailors with 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit will depart from here beginning Thursday afternoon to board the ships of Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group in Norfolk. The Marines will continue to board personnel and equipment throughout the weekend.
The early deployment will fulfill a Department of Defense requirement to depart before the end of the month.
Following assistance in Pakistan, 26th MEU will continue its originally-scheduled deployment supporting commanders in the Mediterranean and Arabian Sea regions.
For more information on 26th MEU visit http://www.marines.mil/unit/26thmeu. Still and video imagery are available at http://www.dvidshub.net/units/26MEU.
For media queries contact Capt. Richard Ulsh, 26th MEU public affairs officer, at (910) 546-2540 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For media queries pertaining to the Kearsarge ARG contact Commander Second Fleet Public Affairs at (757) 443-9850 ext. 47127.