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Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps (HQMC), located in Arlington, Virginia, consists of the Commandant of the Marine Corps and those staff agencies that advise and assist him in discharging his responsibilities prescribed by law and higher authority. The Commandant is directly responsible to the Secretary of the Navy for the total performance of the Marine Corps. This includes the administration, discipline, internal organization, training requirements, efficiency, and readiness of the service. The function, composition, and general duties of HQMC are defined in the United States Code, Title 10, Subtitle C, Part 1, Chapter 506 (Headquarters, Marine Corps).

The United States Marine Corps (USMC) is a branch of the U.S. military responsible for providing power projection from the sea, utilizing the mobility of the U.S. Navy to rapidly deliver combined-arms task forces to global crises. Alongside the U.S. Navy, the Marine Corps operates under the United States Department of the Navy.

The Marine Corps, with authorized end strength of 202,100 active duty and 39,600 reserve Marines, is the smallest of the United States armed forces in the Department of Defense.
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Coast Guard, DNER conduct dive operations
Members from the U.S. Coast Guard and the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources conduct dive operations at Sea Lovers' Marina in Fajarda, Puerto Rico, Nov. 9, 2017.

The goal of the operation was to record the vessel identification numbers on sunken vessels to locate the owners and form a salvage plan following Hurricane Maria.

The Maria ESF-10 PR Unified Command, consisting of the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources, U.S. Coast Guard, in conjunction with the Puerto Rico Environmental Quality Control Board, Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. and Fish & Wildlife Service, is responding to vessels found to be damaged, displaced, submerged or sunken.

Part of the ESF-10 mission is protecting sensitive habitat and threatened and endangered species from the impacts of pollution caused by damaged vessels.

The ESF-10 is the framework by which federal support is coordinated with state agencies in response to actual or potential oil spills or hazardous material releases.

U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 2nd Class Lauren Steenson.
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