General James F. Amos, Commandant of the Marine Corps, and Sgt. Maj. Michael P. Barrett, Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, fly in an MV-22B Osprey assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266, as it prepares to land on the USS Wasp (LHD 1), Nov. 5, 2012.
Gen. Amos and Sgt. Maj. Barrett visited the USS Wasp to meet with the Marines and sailors of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit to discuss the support of Hurricane Sandy disaster relief efforts in New York and New Jersey. The 26th MEU is able to provide generators, fuel, clean water, and helicopter lift capabilities to aid in disaster relief efforts. The 26th MEU was currently conducting pre-deployment training, preparing for their departure in 2013.
As an expeditionary force operating from the sea, the MEU is a Marine Air-Ground Task Force capable of conducting amphibious operations, crisis response, and limited contingency operations.
Photo by Cpl. Christopher Stone. www.marines.mil
Comandant visits USS Wasp