Category Archives: Military Personnel

USMC's Paxton: Potential Marine Deployments On LCS And JHSV Carry Risks

USMC’s Paxton: Potential Marine Deployments On LCS And JHSV Carry Risks

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Gen. John M. Paxton Jr, assistant commandant of the Marine Corps, on Oct. 2, 2014 at CSIS. CSIS Photo

Gen. John M. Paxton Jr., assistant commandant of the Marine Corps, on Oct. 2, 2014 at CSIS. CSIS Photo

In looking at alternative platforms — like the Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) and the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) — as substitutes to be used in a wide range of amphibious operations, the assistant commandant of the Marine Corps warned the risks could far outweigh any perceived advantages. Read More

Randy Forbes to CNO Greenert: ‘The Navy Desperately Needs A Strategy’

Randy Forbes to CNO Greenert: ‘The Navy Desperately Needs A Strategy’

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Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.). Naval Institute Photo

Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.). Naval Institute Photo

Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) is “concerned at the deficit of strategic thinking” in the Navy and how long time institutional restrictions inside the Pentagon produce, “flag officers who are focused on managerial concerns such as budgeting and engineering rather than executive concerns such as strategy,” according to a July letter sent to Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert and recently obtained by USNI News. Read More

BREAKING: Two Aircrew Bail Out of MV-22 in Persian Gulf, One Rescued, One Missing

BREAKING: Two Aircrew Bail Out of MV-22 in Persian Gulf, One Rescued, One Missing

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MV-22 Osprey attached to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 163 (Reinforced) launches from the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) on Aug. 16, 2014. US Navy Photo

MV-22 Osprey attached to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 163 (Reinforced) launches from the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD-8) on Aug. 16, 2014. US Navy Photo

The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps are searching the northern part of the Persian Gulf after two crew “bailed out” from a Bell-Boeing MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft on Wednesday. Read More

Work: Sixty Percent of U.S. Navy and Air Force Will Be Based in Pacific by 2020

Work: Sixty Percent of U.S. Navy and Air Force Will Be Based in Pacific by 2020

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Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work on Sept. 30, 2014 at the Council of Foreign Relations in Washington, D.C. CFR Photo

Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work on Sept. 30, 2014 at the Council of Foreign Relations in Washington, D.C. CFR Photo

More than half of U.S. Air Force and Navy forces will be based in the Asia Pacific by 2020 as part of the Pentagon’s rebalance to the Pacific, Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work said during a Tuesday address at the Council of Foreign Relations in Washington, D.C. Read More

Destroyer Commander, XO and CMC Removed At Sea Ahead of ‘Command Climate Investigation’

Destroyer Commander, XO and CMC Removed At Sea Ahead of ‘Command Climate Investigation’

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USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) departs Naval Station Norfolk for an eight-month deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility on May 30, 2014. US Navy Photo

USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) departs Naval Station Norfolk for an eight-month deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility on May 30, 2014. US Navy Photo

CLARIFICATION: A previous version of this post used the term, “relieved” to describe the removal of the commander, executive officer and senior enlisted sailor of USS James E. Williams (DDG-95) in the headline and body of the story. Those references have been changed to, “removed.”

The commander, executive officer and the senior enlisted sailor of the guided missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG-95) have been removed of their commands ahead of an “investigation into the command climate,” aboard the ship, according to a statement issued Tuesday evening by U.S. Fleet Forces Command. Read More

Royal Navy Faced With Tough Sub Choices If Scotland Leaves U.K.

Royal Navy Faced With Tough Sub Choices If Scotland Leaves U.K.

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HMS Vanguard arrives back at HM Naval Base Clyde following a nuclear deterrence patrol. U.K. Royal Navy Photo

HMS Vanguard arrives back at HM Naval Base Clyde following a nuclear deterrence patrol. U.K. Royal Navy Photo

The heart of the United Kingdom’s nuclear submarine enterprise could be cut out if Scotland leaves the U.K. in Thursday’s referendum on Scottish independence, British leaders have warned repeatedly over the last several months.

Scots voting “Yes” for independence say they’re happy to see the subs go. Read More

Overboard USS New York Sailor Rescued After Five Hours In Atlantic

Overboard USS New York Sailor Rescued After Five Hours In Atlantic

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USS New York (LPD 21) transits in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility in October 2012. US Navy Photo

USS New York (LPD 21) transits in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility in October 2012. US Navy Photo

A sailor who fell off amphibious warship USS New York (LPD-21) on Sept. 11 was recovered safely after a five hour search off the coast of South Carolina, U.S. Fleet Forces Command told USNI News on late Friday afternoon. Read More

Document: Investigation Into Jan. 8, 2014 Sea Dragon Crash

Document: Investigation Into Jan. 8, 2014 Sea Dragon Crash

MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter assigned to Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron (HM) 14 conducts practice MK-105 mine countermeasure operations in the Chesapeake Bay in 2011. US Navy Photo

MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter assigned to Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron (HM) 14 conducts practice MK-105 mine countermeasure operations in the Chesapeake Bay in 2011. US Navy Photo

The following is the Judge Advocate General investigation into the Jan. 8, 2014 MH-53E Sea Dragon crash near Virginia Beach, Va. The Sea Dragon assigned to Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 14 Vanguards (HM-14) based at Naval Station Norfolk. The report was released publicly on Sept. 11, 2014. Read More