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Fleet Marine Force, Pacific

Fleet Marine Force, Pacific
Active Since December 1941
Country United States
Branch Department of the Navy
Type maritime general and special purpose landing force
Role Amphibious Warfare  · Expeditionary Warfare
Garrison/HQ MCB Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii

The United States Fleet Marine Force, Pacific (FMFPAC) is the largest maritime landing force in the world. Its units are spread across the Pacific Ocean and reports to the United States Pacific Command. It is headquartered at MCB Camp H. M. Smith, HI and directs and commands all the subordinate elements of the Navy Expeditionary Strike Force and Marine Air-Ground Task Force components that follow under the 3rd, 5th, and 7th Fleet and the Marine Forces, Pacific (MARFORPAC). The Commanding General of Marine Forces, Pacific is dual-posted as the Comanding General of Fleet Marine Force, Pacific. FMFPAC is under operational control of the Commander, United States Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT), when deployed.

FMFPac was established by General 'Howling Mad' Smith in 1944 to assume command of very large USMC forces in the Pacific, of the order of 500,000.

Organization

Reporting directly to the Commanding General, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific (CG FMFPAC) are the Commanding Generals of two Marine Expeditionary Forces (I MEF and III MEF), the Commanding Generals of two Marine Expeditionary Brigades (1st MEB and 3rd MEB), and the Commanding Officers of four Marine Expeditionary Units (11th, 13th, 15th, and 31st MEUs).

The Commanding General, I MEF, exercises operational control over the 1st Marine Division, the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, and the 1st Marine Logistics Group, while the Commanding General, III MEF, exercises operational control over the 3d Marine Division, the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, and the 3rd Marine Logistics Group.

Hierarchy of Fleet Marine Force units

Commander, United States Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)

Camp H. M. Smith
Salt Lake, Hawaii

Marine Forces, Pacific (MARFORPAC)

Landing Force, Third Fleet (LF3F)
Task Force 36
Naval Base Point Loma
San Diego, CA
Task Force 39
I Marine Expeditionary Force
MCB Camp Pendleton
California, United States

Marine Forces, Central (MARCENT)

Landing Force, Fifth Fleet (LF5F)
Task Force 56
Naval Support Activity Bahrain
Kingdom of Bahrain
Task Force 59
I Marine Expeditionary Force
MCB Camp Pendleton
California, United States
III Marine Expeditionary Force
Camp Courtney
Okinawa, Japan

Marine Forces, Korea (MARFORK)

Landing Force, Seventh Fleet (LF7F)
Task Force 76
U.S. Fleet Activities Yokosuka
Yokosuka, Japan
Task Force 79
III Marine Expeditionary Force
Camp Courtney
Okinawa, Japan

History

Notes

References

See also

External links

  • http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/library/report/1989/SJH.htm
  • http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/library/report/1995/MJS.htm


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