Over the last week a Battalion Landing Team from 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit USMC has been deployed on manoeuvres in Jordan on Exercise EAGER LION 18.
After landing at the head of the Gulf of Aqaba, at the northern end of the Red Sea, the US Marines from BLT 2/6 moved 50km inland to the Al Quwayrah ranges for a live fire package alongside Jordanian Armed Forces. These vast training ranges are well known to UK Forces who have deployed on past SHAMAL STORM exercises.EAGER LION is billed as a capstone training engagement that provides US forces and the Jordan Armed Forces an opportunity to rehearse operating in a coalition environment and to pursue new ways to collectively address threats to regional security and improve overall maritime security. BLT2/6, i.e. Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, is a primary component of 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit.
In addition to the FTX (Field Training Exercise) at AQ Ranges, some of BLT2/6 also deployed further north to KASOTC (King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center) for NEO (Non-combatant Evacuation Operation) embassy reinforcement training and live firing packages at the centre’s small arms ranges and urban complexes.