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U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. William Martin, a rifleman with 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, provides security during exercise Hagåtña Fury 21 on Ukibaru, Japan, Feb. 17, 2021. The exercise demonstrated that Marines are capable of seizing, defending, and providing expeditionary sustainment for key maritime terrain in support of the III Marine Expeditionary Force. 3/8 is attached to 3rd Marine Division as a part of the unit deployment program.

Photo by Cpl. Kallahan Morris

Stand-In Forces

2 Aug 2021 | Courtesy Story Headquarters Marine Corps

Stand-in Forces are designed to generate technically disruptive, tactical stand-in engagements that confront aggressor naval forces with an array of low-signature and affordable platforms and payloads. They must remain resilient under demanding conditions.

When other elements of the Joint force are outside the weapons engagement zone, preparing for deliberate actions, our forward elements will remain operationally unpredictable, combining lethal and non-lethal capabilities with continued maneuver to facilitate denial activities and otherwise disrupt or deter adversary operations. They don’t have to get to the fight, they’re already there. 

Stand-in Forces will be supported from expeditionary advanced bases and will complement the low signature of the bases with an equally low signature force structure comprised largely of unmanned platforms that operate ashore, afloat, submerged, and aloft in close concert to overwhelm enemy platforms.


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