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A Marine from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), Special Operations Capable, participates in a long-range deployment exercise from the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp into northern Djibouti in August 2002.  
Le Monier Barracks (a.k.a. Camp Lemonier)

Location: The capital of Djibouti, strategically located at the entrance to the Gulf of Aden.

Personnel: Roughly 800 U.S. military.

Units: In December 2002, the camp contained Marine, Army, Navy and Special Operations units. The 87th Corps Support Battalion (Army), 5th Special Forces Group (Army) and 20th Special Operations Squadron (Air Force) were also there, according to military research group Globalsecurity.org. The USS Mount Whitney, with 400 troops and another 600 crew aboard, is stationed about 50 miles offshore. Germany has deployed about 1,000 personnel in Djibouti, and on frigates and a tanker offshore.

Role: The barracks is expected to become a high-tech Special Forces command center. President Ismail Omar Guelleh told CNN in September that in May, the U.S. military asked to use Djibouti as a Marine training site.
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