Camp Lejeune Marines head to Caribbean to provide disaster relief after Hurricane Matthew

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Nearly 300 Marines and sailors from Camp Lejeune are on their way to provide disaster relief to people in the Caribbean affected by Hurricane Matthew.

The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit left from Norfolk, Virginia Tuesday aboard the USS Mesa Verde via landing craft utility boats as part of a disaster relief assessment team, ready to support in whatever capacity needed.

A statement from the unit says the distinct ability of amphibious forces to gain access to critical areas anywhere in the world with ground, and and logistics forces allows the Navy-Marine Corps team to provide adequate assistance within hours of being called for help.

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