The Marines have landed in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, as part of a week long series of combat training exercises.
Members of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit are training in our region in advance of deployment to the Middle East, and the Western Pacific. Marines, along with some Navy members involved in the exercises are being based at Naval Base Port Hueneme.
The unit will be flying helicopters along the coastline as part of the drills, which involve some oil platforms off of Carpinteria. The training includes the unit’s Maritime Raid Force, which will practice search and rescue missions.