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Monday, June 15, 2015

Marines to deploy aboard European allies' ships

V-22 Osprey handling on HNLMS Karel DoormanMarines will soon head to sea aboard European ships.

Starting this fall, Marines will operate aboard NATO ships as the Corps seeks to fill gaps in sea-basing options in and around Europe. First up will be an Italian ship in September, followed by a British gator in November as Marines test what's called the Allied Maritime Basing Initiative.

During testing they'll board Spanish, French and Dutch ships, said Brig. Gen. Norm Cooling, the deputy commander of Marine Forces Europe and Africa, although details are still being hashed out.

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