A Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), formerly called Marine Amphibious Unit, is the smallest Marine air-ground task force in the United States Fleet Marine Force. Each MEU is an expeditionary quick reaction force, deployed and ready for immediate response to any crisis, whether it be natural disaster or combat missions. It has a ground, an aviation, a logistics, and a command element.
The Aviation Combat Element (ACE) is a Marine composite squadron (reinforced) composed of a medium tiltrotor squadron augmented with detachments of heavy, light, and attack helicopters, one detachment of amphibious flight-deck-capable jets, and a Marine air control group detachment with tactical air command, air traffic control, direct air support, and anti-aircraft assets, as well as wing headquarters, wing communications, and wing support squadron personnel. Because it’s sea based, it has to undergo a deck qualification exercise for deployment certification like the one in this video.
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