Additional MLRs may be based in Japan and Guam, but the first Hawaii-based unit is expected to have 1800 to 2000 Marines carved out mainly from units already here, including one of three infantry battalions at Kaneohe Bay, said Maj. Joshua Benson, a spokesman for Marine Corps Combat Development Command. As an exception, most of the companies and firing batteries that will make up a littoral anti-air battalion will come from units not currently stationed in Hawaii. Reflecting the importance of the new formation, the 3rd Marines headquarters will be re-designated the 3rd Marine Littoral Regiment headquarters. The Hawaii regiment has about 3400 Marines.
Marine Littoral Regiment.
‘Marine littoral regiment ’ is a new force structure that U.S. Marine Corps is looking at to support‘ expeditionary advanced base operations.’