Marines and sailors with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit trained alongside elements of Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command during the 13th MEU’s Realistic Urban Training Exercise in Phoenix, March 2-11, 2018.
Realistic Urban Training is a MEU exercise that provides an opportunity to integrate more advanced individual and unit skills and to develop the 13th MEU’s collective proficiency in challenging and unfamiliar environments. Exercises like RUT provide robust, realistic training to prepare Marines and sailors for deployment in potential urban environments.
“As a MEU, slated to deploy this summer, we expect to be deployed all over the world,” said Col. Chandler Nelms, commanding officer, 13th MEU. “There are many different environments we could end up in; urban being one of them. RUT allows us to prepare for that scenario.”
Integration and interoperability between the MEU and special operations forces provide a joint force commander maximum advantage and operational flexibility. Training together with the Marine Raiders allowed the Marines of the 13th MEU to practice integrating with some of the skill sets special operations units can provide.
The Force Recon Detachment of the 13th MEU conducted urban training in the greater Phoenix area alongside the Raiders.