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During the exercise, the actors--comprising mostly Iraqi-Americans who applied for the job--are dressed in their culture's attire and they speak Arabic to force the riverines to use their language and culture skills.
Though the riverines are focused on the maritime security mission, they also have to flex their ground combat skills.
Along the way, it has established new units, such as the riverines, which deployed to Iraq last month, and civil affairs teams, which are training for future deployment.
With forces such as the riverines, naval coastal warfare, force protection and other expeditionary teams, the command is well to take the lead in the coastal and inland waterways, he says.
The squadron, the second of its type to be established under NECC, will seek to project power ashore by exploiting the riverine space using boats.
Dozens of Vietnam War veterans who had served in the Navy on similar riverine squadrons attended establishment ceremony.
This could be particularly important for the riverines, when attacked with a range of weapons.
The Navy's first riverine squadron--stood up in spring 2006--deployed to Iraq last month.
In particular, riverine environments have the potential to become a critical maneuver space in the twenty-first century.
The RCB is a unique incarnation of the riverine mission, attached t Navy Expeditionary Combat Command's Riverine Group 1, Riverine Squadron 2, Detachment 2 (RIVRON 2 DET 2) located on Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Va.
The RCB is a lethal supplement to their already menacing arsenal, giving riverine squadrons the ability to travel not only in rivers, but also out to bays and coastal regions, expanding the capabilities of command and control and the riverine squadrons' maritime security reach

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