Marines to attend urban training
October 25 2001
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Parts of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit stationed at Camp Lejeune, N.C., will attend a routine training exercise in the area beginning at noon Friday.
The exercise is preparation for a rotational six-month deployment to the Mediterranean Sea beginning in March.
``The Marines are indeed coming,'' said a Marine Corps spokesman, 1st Lt. Michael W. Armistead. ``But these aren't the proverbial black helicopters. You won't see the 'Apocalypse Now' sort of helicopters on the horizon.''
Up to 700 Marines and 20 helicopters will take part in the training operations through Nov. 8. About 100 Marines will take part in an operation at any one time.
Many exercises will take place at night or during off-peak hours, and most visible activity will be in the skies, officials said. Ground operations will be confined to locations clear of civilians.
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