Fleet Marine Force, Pacific
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|Fleet Marine Force, Pacific|
The official seal of the United States Department of the Navy.
|Active||December 1941 – present|
|Country||United States of America|
|Type||maritime general and special purpose landing force|
|Role||Amphibious warfare, expeditionary warfare|
|Part of||U.S. Department of the Navy|
|Garrison/HQ||MCB Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii, U.S.|
The United States Fleet Marine Force, Pacific (FMFPAC) is the largest maritime landing force in the world. Its units are spread across the Pacific Ocean and reports to the United States Pacific Command. It is headquartered at MCB Camp H. M. Smith, HI and directs and commands all the subordinate elements of the Navy Expeditionary Strike Force and Marine Air-Ground Task Force components that follow under the 3rd, 5th, and 7th Fleet and the Marine Corps Forces, Pacific (MARFORPAC). The Commanding General of Marine Corps Forces, Pacific is dual-posted as the Commanding General of Fleet Marine Force, Pacific. FMFPAC is under operational control of the Commander, United States Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT), when deployed.
FMFPac was established by General 'Howling Mad' Smith in 1944 to assume command of very large USMC forces in the Pacific, of the order of 500,000.
Reporting directly to the Commanding General, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific (CG FMFPAC) are the Commanding Generals of two Marine Expeditionary Forces (I MEF and III MEF), the Commanding Generals of two Marine Expeditionary Brigades (1st MEB and 3rd MEB), and the Commanding Officers of four Marine Expeditionary Units (11th, 13th, 15th, and 31st MEUs).
The Commanding General, I MEF, exercises operational control over the 1st Marine Division, the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, and the 1st Marine Logistics Group, while the Commanding General, III MEF, exercises operational control over the 3d Marine Division, the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, and the 3rd Marine Logistics Group.
Hierarchy of Fleet Marine Force units
Commander, United States Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
Marine Forces, Pacific (MARFORPAC)
|Landing Force, Third Fleet (LF3F)|
San Diego, CA
|I Marine Expeditionary Force|
California, United States
Marine Forces, Central (MARCENT)
|Landing Force, Fifth Fleet (LF5F)|
Kingdom of Bahrain
California, United States
Marine Forces, Korea (MARFORK)
|Landing Force, Seventh Fleet (LF7F)|
- Advanced Base Force
- Fleet Marine Force, Atlantic (FMFLANT)
- Marine Corps Forces, Pacific (MARFORPAC)
- Marine Corps Forces, Command (MARFORCOM) [formerly Marine Corps Forces, Atlantic (MARFORLANT)]
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