In between stories about "Football Team for Inner-city boys" and missing person reports, the LAPD has tweeted several photos of a joint military urban training exercise with Marines and Sailors from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit. The "Realistic Urban Training" drills will take place "at several locations in downtown and metro Los Angeles from Dec. 5-16 to prepare the unit for its deployment to the Western Pacific and Middle East next spring."UPDATE: Marine Unit in Los Angeles 'Realistic Urban' Military Drill Were Trained By Israeli IDF Forces Earlier This Year (Pics)
A 12/4 press release about the Marine military drill in Los Angeles noted that "RUT (Realistic Urban Training) prepares the 15th MEU Marines for their upcoming deployment, enhancing their combat skills in environments similar to those they may find in future missions." In their tweets, LAPD linked to the press release from DVDIShub (Defense Video & Imagry Distribution System) which stated in part,
News: 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit to train in Los Angeles
Realistic Urban Training aboard Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., Dec. 4, 2014. RUT prepares the 15th MEU Marines for their upcoming deployment, enhancing their combat skills in environments similar to those they may find in future missions.
FORT HUNTER LIGGETT, Calif. Marines and Sailors from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit will be training at several locations in downtown and metro Los Angeles from Dec. 5-16 to prepare the unit for its deployment to the Western Pacific and Middle East next spring
For safety and security reasons, specific locations within Los Angeles will be withheld until after the training occurs. All aspects of this training have been coordinated with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. Additionally, measures have been taken to reduce the amount of aircraft noise during the training, but nearby residents may hear the sound of helicopters or other aircraft. The Marines respectfully request that local citizens near the training venues keep a distance from the training for their own safety and that of the service members.
The mission of the MEU is to provide a rapid-response force capable of conducting conventional amphibious and selected maritime operations from the sea, surface or air. "Realistic urban training allows the Marines and sailors of the 15th MEU to exercise vital skills to better prepare them for what they may face while forward deployed," said Col. Vance L. Cryer, the 15th MEU's commanding officer. "Bringing together the entire Marine Air-Ground Task Force in an exercise such as this one allows us quality, realistic training that is essential for unit readiness." The MEU is composed of a command element and three major subordinate elements. They are Battalion Landing Team 3/1, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 161 (Reinforced) and Combat Logistics Battalion 15, the ground, aviation and logistics elements respectively.
Below are the LAPD tweets. The U.S. Military, meanwhile, on an obscure website, has released photos of the drills which the LAPD neglected to tweet over the weekend: Barging into apartments, handling detainees, and "enhancing their combat skills in environments similar to those they may find in future missions." You can see those ten photos here: Marine Role Players Demonstrate 'Detainee Handling Techniques' in L.A. 'Realistic Urban Training' Drill.
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