USS CARTER HALL, At Sea (NNS) -- More than 200 Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) completed joint exercise Sea Soldier in Oman and returned to amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50), May 4.
Sea Soldier is a two-week bilateral joint training in which the MEU and Royal Omani Army work together during different operational exercises.
"This was a good opportunity to work with another country," said Capt. Raymond Kastor, company commander from the 26th-MEU. "The Marines and the troops worked very professionally together day and night performing long tasks and combined exercises."
The MEU demonstrated tactical maneuvering, weapons handling, urban combat training, night operations and combined arms demonstrations.
"We did a lot of bilateral training, clearing out buildings with the Omani Army, training exercises and night raids," said Lance Cpl. Joshua Rios. "It was a long two weeks of intense, non-stop training, but we had a lot of fun and learned a lot about what we are capable of."
Many of the Marines came back to the ship sun burned and exhausted, but they were happy to be back aboard.
"I love having my Marines back," said Gunnery Sgt. Christopher Pilats, communications chief for the 26th-MEU. "After two-weeks, it was a great training opportunity for everyone and a chance to find out what the Marines are capable of and what we need to work on."
Carter Hall is part of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and with the embarked Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AOR).
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