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PART B: THE OPERATING FORCES 2050 GENERAL

4. The Fleet Marine Force, Pacific, exer

cises, in addition to the foregoing elements 1. The operating forces of the Marine Corps certain control over security forces in the consist of:

Pacific Ocean Area as described in paragraph

2055. a. The fleet marine forces.

2052 FLEET MARINE FORCE UNITS b. The marine complements aboard na.

WITHIN CONTINENTAL UNITED val vessels.

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c. The security forces at shore activities of the Naval Establishment.

d. U. S. Marine Corps combat forces not otherwise assigned.

1. Paragraph 2051 prescribes the mission, organization, and functioning of the fleet marine force in general. At such times as units of the fleet marine force are based within the continental United States, the following regulations are also applicable:

2051 FLEET MARINE FORCES

a. Commanders of fleet marine force units based at Marine Corps posts may be as signed to the command thereof, by the Commandant of the Marine Corps. (For coordination control see paragraph 1051.)

1. The fleet marine forces are integral with the several U. S. Fleets. They have the status of a fleet type command and are subjected to the operational control of the respective fleet commanders except for individual and intraunit training, control of which is retained by the Commandant of the Marine Corps. Administrative control remains with the Com. mandant of the Marine Corps.

2. The specific missions of the fleet marine forces are:

a. To serve with the fleets in the seizure or defense of advanced naval bases and for the conduct of such land operations as may be essential to the prosecution of a naval campaign.

b. To develop, as directed by the Commandant of the Marine Corps, those phases of amphibious operations which pertain to the tactics, technique, and equipment employed by amphibious troops.

b. Fleet marine force units based at naval stations will be under the coordination control of the local naval commander. 2053 DETACHMENTS AFLOAT

1. The marine detachment assigned for duty on board an armed vessel of the Navy is a distinct and integral part of the complement of the ship and has the following missions:

a. To provide a unit organized and trained for operations ashore, as part of a landing force from vessels of a fleet, or an independent force for limited operations.

b. To provide gun crews as required.

c. To provide internal security for the vessel.

2. Section 6, Chapter 10 U. S. Navy Regulations, contains regulations which govern the operations of marine detachments afloat.

3. Commanding officers of marine detachments afloat in the Pacific Ocean Area are authorized to deal direct with the Commanding General, Department of the Pacific, except matters involving personnel assignment and classification which will be referred direct to the Commandant of the Marine Corps (DF), and the commanding officers of all other marine detachments afloat are authorized to deal direct with the Commandant of the Marine Corps in matters of personnel administration and the supply of Marine Corps materiel.

c. To train and equip marine forces for airborne operations as directed by the Commandant of the Marine Corps.

d. To train a maximum number of personnel to meet the requirements of expansion during time of war.

3. A fleet marine force will consist of a headquarters, force troops, appropriate elements of the service command, one or more marine divisions or brigades, and one or more aircraft wings or groups.

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Note 1. --Management control of all Marine Corps activities and facilities, the service expense of which is borne by the Mar ine Corps will be retained by the Commandant of the Marine Corps.

Note 2.--Control of activities indicated by this note and located within the 11th, 12th, 13th or 17th Naval Dis. 'tricts and detachments afloat in the Pacific Ocean Area is exercised through Commanding General, Department of the Pacific, except matters involving personnel assignment and classification which will be referred direct to the Commandant of the Marine Corps (DF).

Note 3. --For matters which pertain to emergency or disaster, communication, district intelligence and security, district collaboration with Army and Air Force authorities and other Government representatives, district public relations, uniformity of orders within the district relating to shore patrol and uniform, matters relating to rentals and leases, medical and dental matters.

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