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Opinion: Russia, Middle East Will Define NATO's Emerging Maritime Century

Opinion: Russia, Middle East Will Define NATO’s Emerging Maritime Century

Amphibious assault ships participating in exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2015 transit in formation off the coast of Sweden on June 12, 2015. US Navy Photo

Amphibious assault ships participating in exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2015 transit in formation off the coast of Sweden on June 12, 2015. US Navy Photo

NATO may be best known for its protracted counterinsurgency campaign in Afghanistan, or for its current efforts to shore up defenses in Eastern Europe with air and ground exercises. But moving forward NATO must also consider its role in the global maritime domain, as it is central to the twin security challenges of an increasingly aggressive Russia and a crumbling Middle East order that the Alliance faces right now. Read More

Carrier USS George Washington Joins Talisman Saber 2015 Exercise

Carrier USS George Washington Joins Talisman Saber 2015 Exercise

Guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG-89) prepares to come alongside the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Rappahannock (T-AO 204) as the ship conducts a replenishment-at-sea with the Nimtz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73) during exercise Talisman Sabre 2015 on July 6, 2015. US Navy Photo

Guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG-89) prepares to come alongside the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Rappahannock (T-AO 204) as the ship conducts a replenishment-at-sea with the Nimtz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73) during exercise Talisman Sabre 2015 on July 6, 2015. US Navy Photo

The George Washington Carrier Strike Group (CSG) joined the bilateral U.S.-Australia Talisman Saber 2015 exercise on Tuesday as part of this week’s kick off of Australia’s largest ever combined arms drill. Read More

Navy Names First Director of Unmanned Weapon Systems

Navy Names First Director of Unmanned Weapon Systems

Rear Adm. Robert Girrier, deputy commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, addresses chief selects during a chief pinning ceremony at Hickam Officer's Club Lanai at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on Sept. 16, 2015. US Navy Photo

Rear Adm. Robert Girrier, deputy commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, addresses chief selects during a chief pinning ceremony at Hickam Officer’s Club Lanai at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on Sept. 16, 2014. US Navy Photo

This post was updated with additional comments from the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations provided to USNI News on Monday.

The Navy has named its first director of unmanned weapon systems to guide the development of the Navy’s future unmanned efforts in the air and on and under the sea, the Pentagon announced on Friday afternoon. Read More

Marines Testing Operating from Foreign Ships, Near-Forgotten Platforms to Bring Units Back to Sea

Marines Testing Operating from Foreign Ships, Near-Forgotten Platforms to Bring Units Back to Sea

An MV-22 Osprey assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 163, Reinforced, approaches the Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE 5) to transport an AV-8B Harrier jet engine to the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) during a replenishment-at-sea in October 2014. US Navy photo.

An MV-22 Osprey assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 163, Reinforced, approaches the Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE 5) to transport an AV-8B Harrier jet engine to the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) during a replenishment-at-sea in October 2014. US Navy photo.

The Marine Corps is experimenting with the interoperability of its Marine Air Ground Task Forces (MAGTFs) with various non-traditional platforms, including rarely-used 1980s logistics ships and foreign navies’ amphibious ships, to help get its land-based units back out to sea. Read More

Spain and U.S. Sign Permanent Basing Agreement for up to 3,500 U.S. Marines

Spain and U.S. Sign Permanent Basing Agreement for up to 3,500 U.S. Marines

U.S. Marines with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa move toward an objective during a training exercise on Quartier Colonel de Chabrieres, France on May 29, 2015. US Marine Corps Photo

U.S. Marines with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa move toward an objective during a training exercise on Quartier Colonel de Chabrieres, France on May 29, 2015. US Marine Corps Photo

The governments of Spain and the U.S. signed a basing agreement permitting the presence of up to 3,500 U.S. Marines at an airbase in southwestern Spain on Wednesday. Read More