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Capt. Nicu N. Nastase, of North East, Maryland, uses a bit of down time to practice his golf swing on the flight deck of the USS Nassau as the ship transits the Atlantic Ocean, Nov. 17, 2005. Nastase is an AV-8B Harrier II attack jet with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 261 (Reinforced), the aviation combat element of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (SOC), which is currently deployed as the landing force for Expeditionary Strike Group 8.

Photo by Sgt Richard D. Stephens

Breaking the monotony of life at sea

26 Nov 2005 | - 22nd MEU (SOC) Public Affairs

As the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) continues to steam eastward aboard the amphibious assault ships of Expeditionary Strike Group 8, the MEU’s Marines and sailors do their best to survive what can become long, boring days at sea.

While training and preparation for their possible employment in the war on terror occupies most of their time, the men and women of the MEU still look to a variety of other activities such as  physical training, watching movies, and visiting the ship’s store to pass the time until they are called into action.

The 22nd MEU (SOC) consists of its Command Element, Battalion Landing Team 1st Bn., 2nd Marines, Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 261 (Rein), and MEU Service Support Group 22.  The MEU is currently deployed aboard the USS Nassau, Carter Hall, and Austin as the landing force for ESG 8.

For more information on the MEU, visit the unit’s web site at
22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit