Maritime Civil Affairs Group

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The Maritime Civil Affairs Group (MCAG) is an entity developed by the U.S. Navy’s Global War on Terrorism initiative in 2006.  The goal of the MCAG is to conduct Civil Affairs activities, as well as to support Civil / Military Operations.  The MCAG works along with established Army and Marine Corps civil affairs missions, specializing in maritime function.  This allows the MCAG to participate in areas that traditionally are the responsibility of civil local, state, and federal government.

For instance, the MCAG works directly with civil authorities and civilians within a maritime area of operations, so as to increase the impact of humanitarian civil assistance and contingency operations.  More specifically, the MCAG provides assistance to local governments as they restore infrastructures damaged by warfare and other types of disasters.

The sailors assigned to the MCAG receive appropriate cultural and language training so as to permit them to work closely with local governments to avoid instability in the form of terrorism, piracy, crime, and natural disasters.  The MCAG is divided into several units, including the Operations Department, which coordinates Maritime Civil Affairs operations and civil military operations, the Supply Department, which is responsible for outfitting the teams with necessary equipment, and the Training Department, which educates sailors so that they can prepare for their assignment to Maritime Civil Affairs Teams (MCATs).  Each MCAT consists of five team members, one of which is designated Team Communicator, due to certification as an Electronics Technician or an Information Systems Technician.

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