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Armored variants of the M1114 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) are transported by truck from a ship offload location to one of six caves which make up the Marine Corps Prepositioning Program-Norway during an equipment modernization operation.

U.S. Marines from 2nd Marine Logistics Group out of Camp Lejeune, NC, in coordination with their Norwegian counterparts, are modernizing some of the equipment by placing approximately 350 containers of gear and nearly 400 pieces of heavy rolling stock into the storage caves.  



Specific equipment which will greatly increase the program’s readiness includes M1A1 Main Battle Tanks, Tank Retrievers, Armored Breeching Vehicles, Amphibious Assault Vehicles, Expanded Capacity Vehicle (ECV) Gun Trucks and several variants of the MTVR 7 ½ ton trucks.  

Planning for this equipment refresh began in the spring of 2010.
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The patch worn by the Norwegian military members who are assigned to the Marine Corps Prepositioning Program-Norway clearly shows the partnership between the two countries.

U.S. Marines from 2nd Marine Logistics Group out of Camp Lejeune, NC, in coordination with their Norwegian counterparts, are modernizing some of the equipment currently stored within six caves as a part of the Marine Corps Prepositioning Program-Norway by placing approximately 350 containers of gear and nearly 400 pieces of heavy rolling stock into the storage caves.
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M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tanks and other vehicles and equipment are staged for transportation at the designated offload pier during a pre-planned Single Ship Movement and offload of military equipment from a Maritime Prepositioning Force ship in the Trøndelag region of Norway.

U.S. Marines from 2nd Marine Logistics Group out of Camp Lejeune, NC, in coordination with their Norwegian counterparts, are modernizing some of the equipment currently stored within six caves as a part of the Marine Corps Prepositioning Program-Norway by placing approximately 350 containers of gear and nearly 400 pieces of heavy rolling stock into the storage caves. 



Specific equipment which will greatly increase the program’s readiness includes M1A1 Main Battle Tanks, Tank Retrievers, Armored Breeching Vehicles, Amphibious Assault Vehicles, Expanded Capacity Vehicle (ECV) Gun Trucks and several variants of the MTVR 7 ½ ton trucks.  

Planning for this equipment refresh began in the spring of 2010.
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Military bulldozers and other equipment are staged for transportation at the designated offload pier during a pre-planned Single Ship Movement and offload of military equipment from a Maritime Prepositioning Force ship in the Trøndelag region of Norway.

U.S. Marines from 2nd Marine Logistics Group out of Camp Lejeune, NC, in coordination with their Norwegian counterparts, are modernizing some of the equipment currently stored within six caves as a part of the Marine Corps Prepositioning Program-Norway by placing approximately 350 containers of gear and nearly 400 pieces of heavy rolling stock into the storage caves.  



Specific equipment which will greatly increase the program’s readiness includes M1A1 Main Battle Tanks, Tank Retrievers, Armored Breeching Vehicles, Amphibious Assault Vehicles, Expanded Capacity Vehicle (ECV) Gun Trucks and several variants of the MTVR 7 ½ ton trucks.  

Planning for this equipment refresh began in the spring of 2010.
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MV-22B Osprey aircraft from Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force
Crisis Response prepare to leave Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy, to escort
approximately 150 personnel from the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, Libya, on the
morning of July 26, 2014. The Department of State, in coordination with the
U.S. Ambassador for Libya, requested Department of Defense support for a
military-assisted departure of embassy personnel. SP-MAGTF Crisis Response is
a self-deploying, self-sustaining task force with the capacity to provide a
rapid-response capability to U.S. Africa Command. (Official Marine Corps photograph by Cpl. Shawn Valosin)
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MV-22B Osprey aircraft from Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force
Crisis Response prepare to leave Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy, to escort
approximately 150 personnel from the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, Libya, on the
morning of July 26, 2014. The Department of State, in coordination with the
U.S. Ambassador for Libya, requested Department of Defense support for a
military-assisted departure of embassy personnel. SP-MAGTF Crisis Response is
a self-deploying, self-sustaining task force with the capacity to provide a
rapid-response capability to U.S. Africa Command.
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Crew members conduct final inspections on an MV-22B Osprey with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response prior to departure, July 26, 2014. The Department of State, in coordination with the U.S. Ambassador for Libya, requested Department of Defense support for a military-assisted departure of embassy personnel. SP-MAGTF Crisis Response is a self-deploying, self-sustaining task force with the capacity to provide a rapid-response capability to U.S. Africa Command. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by 1st Lt. Maida Kalic)
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A quick reaction force with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response prepares to depart Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy, in support of a military assisted departure from the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, Libya, Saturday, July 26, 2014. The Department of State, in coordination with the U.S. Ambassador for Libya, requested Department of Defense support for a military-assisted departure of embassy personnel. SP-MAGTF Crisis Response is a self-deploying, self-sustaining task force with the capacity to provide a rapid-response capability to U.S. Africa Command. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by 1st Lt. Maida Kalic)
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A quick reaction force with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response prepares to depart Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy, in support of a military assisted departure from the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, Libya, Saturday, July 26, 2014. The Department of State, in coordination with the U.S. Ambassador for Libya, requested Department of Defense support for a military-assisted departure of embassy personnel. SP-MAGTF Crisis Response is a self-deploying, self-sustaining task force with the capacity to provide a rapid-response capability to U.S. Africa Command. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by 1st Lt. Maida Kalic)
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MV-22B tiltrotor Ospreys with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response prepare to take off in support of a military assisted departure from the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, Libya, July 26, 2014. The Department of State, in coordination with the U.S. Ambassador for Libya, requested Department of Defense support for a military-assisted departure of embassy personnel. SP-MAGTF Crisis Response is a self-deploying, self-sustaining task force with the capacity to provide a rapid-response capability to U.S. Africa Command. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by 1st Lt. Maida Kalic)
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A KC-130J with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response prepares to take off and provide support to a military assisted departure from the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, Libya, July 26, 2014. The Department of State, in coordination with the U.S. Ambassador for Libya, requested Department of Defense support for a military-assisted departure of embassy personnel. SP-MAGTF Crisis Response is a self-deploying, self-sustaining task force with the capacity to provide a rapid-response capability to U.S. Africa Command. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by 1st Lt. Maida Kalic)
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MV-22B Osprey aircraft from Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force
Crisis Response prepare to leave Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy, to escort
approximately 150 personnel from the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, Libya, on the
morning of July 26, 2014. The Department of State, in coordination with the
U.S. Ambassador for Libya, requested Department of Defense support for a
military-assisted departure of embassy personnel. SP-MAGTF Crisis Response is
a self-deploying, self-sustaining task force with the capacity to provide a
rapid-response capability to U.S. Africa Command. (Official Marine Corps photograph by Cpl. Shawn Valosin)
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U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. George Rabidou Special Purpose Marine Air- Ground Task Force Crisis Response (SPMAGTF-CR) sergeant major hands the command flag to commanding officer Col. Kenneth Detreux during the SPMAGTF-CR transfer of authority ceremony aboard Moron Air Base, Spain, Aug 8, 2014. The purpose of the ceremony was to conduct a proper transition of the SPMAGTF-CR command element from 8th Marine Regiment to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Andre Dakis, 26th MEU Combat Camera/Released)
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U.S. Marines with the Special Purpose Marine Air- Ground Task Force Crisis Response (SPMAGTF-CR) color guard hold the U.S., Spanish, and Marine Corps flags during the playing of the national anthems of Spain and the U.S. during the SPMAGTF-CR transfer of authority ceremony aboard Moron Air Base, Spain, Aug 8, 2014. The purpose of the ceremony was to conduct a proper transition of the SPMAGTF-CR command element from 8th Marine Regiment to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Andre Dakis, 26th MEU Combat Camera/Released)
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U.S. Marine Corps Sgt.Maj. Scott M. Schmitt (left) 26th Marine Expeditonary Unit (26th MEU) sergeant major prepares to recieve the command flag from commanding officer Col. Robert C. Fulford during the  Special Purpose Marine Air- Ground Task Force Crisis Response (SPMAGTF-CR) transfer of authority ceremony aboard Moron Air Base, Spain, Aug 8, 2014. The purpose of the ceremony was to conduct a proper transition of the SPMAGTF-CR command element from 8th Marine Regiment to the 26th MEU. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Andre Dakis, 26th MEU Combat Camera/Released)
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U.S. Marine Corps Col. Kenneth Detreux commanding officer of 8th Marine Regiment gives a speech during the Special Purpose Marine Air- Ground Task Force Crisis Response (SPMAGTF-CR) transfer of authority ceremony aboard Moron Air Base, Spain, Aug 8, 2014. The purpose of the ceremony was to conduct a proper transition of the SPMAGTF-CR command element from 8th Marine Regiment to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Andre Dakis, 26th MEU Combat Camera/Released)
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