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Marines May Merge ACV Increments as Industry Chases Higher Requirements

Marines May Merge ACV Increments as Industry Chases Higher Requirements

Marines aboard an amphibious assault vehicle (AAV) exit the well deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD-5) on Aug. 24, 2014. These vehicles, some of them 40 years old, are still in the fleet today until the new ACVs can be procured. US Navy Photo

Marines aboard an amphibious assault vehicle (AAV) exit the well deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD-5) on Aug. 24, 2014. These vehicles, some of them 40 years old, are still in the fleet today until the new ACVs can be procured. US Navy Photo

The competitors for the Marine Corps’ Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) increment 1.1 are focusing on the eventual increment 1.2 capabilities – with increased swim capability and more seats – making it more likely that the two will merge together, top service officials have said this week. Read More

UPDATED: 7 MARSOC Marines, 4 National Guard Soldiers Missing Following Florida Blackhawk Accident

UPDATED: 7 MARSOC Marines, 4 National Guard Soldiers Missing Following Florida Blackhawk Accident

An undated photo of a UH-60 Blackhawk assigned to the 1-244th Assault Helicopter Battalion in Hammond, La.

An undated photo of a UH-60 Blackhawk assigned to the 1-244th Assault Helicopter Battalion in Hammond, La.

The post and the headline have been updated to include additional information from U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command and the U.S. Coast Guard.

Seven Marines assigned to the Marine Special Operations Regiment in Camp Lejeune, N.C. and four Louisiana National Guard soldiers are missing following a helicopter accident near Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Marine officials told USNI News on Wednesday. Read More

CNO Greenert: Navy Could Fix Readiness Shortfall by 2020 if Sequestration is Avoided

CNO Greenert: Navy Could Fix Readiness Shortfall by 2020 if Sequestration is Avoided

USS George Washington (CVN-73) and its strike group in 2013. The House voted to refuel the carrier rather than decommission the ship. US Navy Photo

USS George Washington (CVN-73) and its strike group in 2013. US Navy Photo

Navy leadership hopes to have a surge force of three Carrier Strike Groups (CSG) and three Amphibious Ready Groups (ARG) by 2020 to respond to major contingencies, compared to today’s one CSG and one ARG – but those plans depend on Congress fully funding the Navy’s implementation of the Optimized Fleet Response Plan (O-FRP), Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert said at a Senate hearing on Tuesday. Read More

Essay: U.S. Should Consider Establishing a South China Sea International Operations Center in Indonesia

Essay: U.S. Should Consider Establishing a South China Sea International Operations Center in Indonesia

Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, walks with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Cmdr. Kazutaka Sugimoto on Feb. 6, 2015. US Navy Photo

Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, walks with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Cmdr. Kazutaka Sugimoto on Feb. 6, 2015. US Navy Photo

The incoming U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) commander, Adm. Harry B. Harris, testified before Congress late last year that “China’s rise as a regional military and global economic power, and in particular, its rapid military modernization and assertive behavior toward regional neighbors present opportunities and challenges that must be managed effectively. This is our most enduring challenge.” Read More

What the U.S. Navy Could Learn from Danish Frigate Design

What the U.S. Navy Could Learn from Danish Frigate Design

The Danish frigate, Iver Huitfeldt (F-361). Photo courtesy Wikipedia.

The Danish frigate, Iver Huitfeldt (F-361). Photo courtesy Wikipedia.

As the U.S. Navy’s requirements and engineering communities look at upcoming ship classes and attempt to build in flexibility, they first need to decide what it means to be a “flexible ship” and how much to prioritize that flexibility, one admiral said.
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