Marines and sailors assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) celebrate the U.S. Marine Corps birthday aboard the USS Wasp (LHD 1), Nov. 10, 2012. The USS Wasp and the 26th MEU are currently in support of Hurricane Sandy disaster relief efforts in New York and New Jersey. The 26th MEU is capable of providing generators, fuel, clean water, and helicopter lift capabilities to aid in disaster relief efforts. The 26th MEU is currently in pre-deployment training, preparing for their departure in 2013. As an expeditionary crisis response 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. (U.S. Marine Corps motion media by Lance Cpl. Juanenrique Owings/Released)
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USS WASP, NY, US
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