Marines with Weapons Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, provide security aboard the USS Iwo Jima as the ship transits through the Suez Canal Nov. 5, 2012.
The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group and is currently in the 6th Fleet Area of Responsibility as a disaster relief and crisis response force. Since deploying in March, they have supported a variety of missions in the U.S. Central and European Commands, assisted the Navy in safeguarding sea lanes, and conducted various bilateral and unilateral training events in several countries in the Middle East and Africa.
The 24th MEU is scheduled to return to their home bases in North Carolina later this year.
Photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf www.marines.mil
Marines Secure USS Iwo Jima through Suez Canal