Marine Corps' expeditionary naval capabilities are critical in a world where 70% of the countries are located within 200 miles of a coastline.
When crises erupt anywhere in the world, the nation calls upon its Marine Corps to carry out its foreign policy objectives. They are the nation's "rapid-reaction" force and perhaps the most feared force in the world.
Marines operate domestically and all over the globe. As a rapid-reaction focused force, many spots where they work are risky at best.
They are tasked primarily with first-on-the-scene missions, awkward or challenging missions that involve sea-land work, security and anything with a high probability of gunfire. Don't forget -- they are the world's most feared warriors!
Some examples of Marine missions:
- Major warfare missions
- "Small" warfare -- city fighting, skirmishes, etc. -- often high-intensity and short time span
- Base/embassy/target security
- Troop-to-ship warfare -- landing on a target ship and overtaking it (as opposed to ship-to-ship warfare)
- Combat-support flight missions
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