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Bin Laden death, the day after: Camp Pendleton continues training for Afghanistan deployments

May 2, 2011 |  4:08 pm

Afghanpix The day after the announcement that U.S. forces had killed Osama bin Laden was just another workday for Marines of Camp Pendleton, as training for deployment to Afghanistan continued apace.

Base officials announced that artillery units will be conducting live-fire exercises Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, with more than 1,300 high-explosive munitions and 30 high mobility artillery rocket systems. Neighbors were warned to expect possible elevated noise.

And the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit announced it has begun its six-month training cycle for deployment aboard ship later this year.

Several battalions from Camp Pendleton remain in Afghanistan's Helmand province, including the 1st Battalion, 5th Regiment, which has been assigned to the Sangin district. The 3rd Battalion, 5th Regiment suffered 25 killed and more than 200 wounded during a just-completed seven-month deployment.

The 1/5 suffered its first Marine killed in action last week. Marine brass expect the Taliban to launch a counteroffensive to regain control of Sangin.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: Marine meeting with village elder in Afghanistan. Credit: Marine Corps