maritime special purpose force


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maritime special purpose force

A task-organized force formed from elements of a Marine expeditionary unit (special operations capable) and naval special warfare forces that can be quickly tailored to a specific mission. The maritime special purpose force can execute on short notice a wide variety of missions in a supporting, supported, or unilateral role. It focuses on operations in a maritime environment and is capable of operations in conjunction with or in support of special operations forces. The maritime special purpose force is integral to and directly relies upon the Marine expeditionary unit (special operations capable) for all combat and combat service support. Also called MSPF.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
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commanders suspect that a target vessel will resist boarding, they have the option of dispatching a team from one of the Navy's Sea, Air and Land (SEAL) commando units or a Marine Corps Maritime Special Purpose Force. An MSPF is a part of every deployed MEU.
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