Rightly considered an elite unit within the American forces, the US Marine Corps relies on numerous specific capabilities dedicated to the autonomous execution of aero-amphibious missions. Thus, the corps has, beyond the infantry and assault forces, its own armored vehicles, its own artillery systems, its own anti-aircraft defense, as well as an air fleet made up of more than 350 F/A-18 E/F, F-35B and AV-8B combat aircraft, almost 700 CH-53, AH-1, UH-1 and MV-22B helicopters as well as several hundred drones. On the other hand, the transport of marines and their equipment is provided by US Navy ships, using the Wasp and America class LHD/A and the San Antonio and Whidbey Island LPDs, carrying an autonomous amphibious expeditionary force. designated Marine expeditionary unit or MEU, assault-oriented with 2,300 Marines aboard 3 large amphibious ships.
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