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Marines assigned to Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, conduct a live fire company assault exercise during Integrated Training Exercise (ITX) 2-17 at Range 400, aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California, Feb. 6, 2017. ITX is a combined-arms exercise which gives all elements of the Marine Air Ground Task Force an opportunity to utilize capabilities during large scale missions to become a more ready fighting force. 1/3 is currently participating as the ground combat element for this exercise. (Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Aaron S. Patterson/Released)

The Marine Corps has redesignated two units to reflect the service’s intent to change its mission focus. The 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines is now the 3rd Littoral Combat Regiment. Combat Logistics Battalion 3 (CLB3) has been realigned under the 3rd Marine Littoral Regiment. Both changes took place during June 23 and 24 ceremonies at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, where the units are stationed.

The change follows the activation of the 3rd Littoral Anti-Air Battalion in February. All are part of the Marine Corps’ Force Design 2030 initiative.

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“This is a significant moment in Marine Corps history,” said Col. Timothy Brady, the 3rd Marine Littoral Regiment’s commanding officer. “This transformation began two years ago when the Commandant of the Marine Corps laid out his guidance for the force of the future in Force Design 2030. We will continue to change and adapt through experimentation and training. We’ve been doing it since 1775, and nobody does it better than the United States Marines.”

The reorganized units will be trained and equipped to engage in sea control and sea denial operations in combat environments. Their Marines will operate from Navy platforms and units, prepared to interact with other friendly military entities.

The 3rd LCT’s headquarters company, three infantry companies and medium missile battery will be able to help the Marine Littoral Regiment find and strike maritime targets and support other naval objectives.

The CLB 3 will provide tactical logistics and explosive-ordnance disposal support for the 3rd Marine Littoral Regiment.

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