JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — North Carolina-based U.S. Marines are back home for Christmas after a deployment overseas to Europe, officials said.

Part of the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force from Camp Lejeune was assigned to areas of Europe “with allies across three countries,” according to a news release from Camp Lejeune officials.

About 50 of the Marines were sent for a deployment to help train and meet with other allies, such as Spain.

The group was deployed to the Central Mediterranean and had live-fire training alongside the Spanish Naval Infantry.

The Marines were also involved in ” chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear” training during the month-long deployment.

There was also a squad competition at Naval Rota Station, Spain.

The Marines returned earlier this month on the Spearfish-class expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Trenton.