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News | July 2, 2021

Saudi, U.S. Forces Conclude Amphibious Training in Tabuk

By Capt. Kelton Cochran 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit

U.S. Marines and Sailors assigned to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) completed bilateral theater amphibious combat rehearsal (TACR) training with the Royal Saudi Land Forces in Tabuk, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, June 26.

TACR training began June 7 when U.S. naval forces conducted amphibious assault exercises. The three-week event included live-fire training, parachute jumps, explosive ordnance disposal ranges, medical drills, and convoys.

“Training alongside our Saudi partners was a rewarding experience,” said Col. Eric D. Cloutier, commanding officer of the 24th MEU. “This bilateral exercise has collectively strengthened Saudi and U.S. military readiness and reinforced our common interests of security and stability throughout this region.”

TACR training integrates Navy and Marine Corps assets to practice and rehearse a range of critical logistics, aviation and ground combat-related capabilities, both afloat and ashore, highlighting the expeditionary and quick-response capabilities of the MEU.

As an inherently flexible maneuver force, capable of supporting routine and contingency operations, the presence of the ARG/MEU demonstrates the U.S. Navy’s commitment to regional partners and maritime security.