Category Archives: Surface Forces

U.S. Marine Corps' Aggressive Move Into An Amphibious Future

U.S. Marine Corps’ Aggressive Move Into An Amphibious Future

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U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey Tilt Rotor Aircraft, belonging to Marine Tilt Rotor Squadron 262, takes off from the flight deck of the USS Peleliu, at sea, Sept 5, 2014. US Marine Photo

U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey Tilt Rotor Aircraft, belonging to Marine Tilt Rotor Squadron 262, takes off from the flight deck of the USS Peleliu, at sea, Sept 5, 2014. US Marine Photo

In an aggressive move to reclaim its maritime expeditionary heritage after 13 years of grinding land-based combat and counterinsurgency/nation-building, the Marine Corps has published a new capstone conceptual document that charts a new course into the future. Read More

Stavridis: Russian Mistrals Could Work Well As NATO Rapid Reaction Force Asset

Stavridis: Russian Mistrals Could Work Well As NATO Rapid Reaction Force Asset

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Russian Mistral Vladivostok under construction on April 22, 2014. U.S. Naval Institute Combat Fleets of the World Photo

Russian Mistral Vladivostok under construction on April 22, 2014. U.S. Naval Institute Combat Fleets of the World Photo

The suspended delivery of two French-built amphibious warships to the Russian Navy could give NATO an opportunity to buy a ready-made platform for its planned rapid reaction force, retired Adm. James G. Stavridis — former NATO Supreme Allied Commander — told USNI News on Thursday. Read More

France Suspends $1.53 Billion Russian Amphibious Warship Deal Over Ukraine Conflict

France Suspends $1.53 Billion Russian Amphibious Warship Deal Over Ukraine Conflict

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An artist's rendering of the future Russian Navy amphibious warship Vladivostok. DCNS Photo

An artist’s rendering of the future Russian Navy amphibious warship Vladivostok. DCNS Photo

France is backing out of a $1.53 billion deal that would have provided the Russian Navy two amphibious warships in reaction to the increasingly violent situation in Ukraine between Russian-backed separatists and government forces, according to a Wednesday statement from the French government. Read More

Four NATO Ships Due in Black Sea Ahead of Maritime Exercise

Four NATO Ships Due in Black Sea Ahead of Maritime Exercise

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Sailors assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) conduct small boat operations in a rigid-hull inflatable boat on Aug. 3, 2014. US Navy Photo

Sailors assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) conduct small boat operations in a rigid-hull inflatable boat on Aug. 3, 2014. US Navy Photo

Four NATO warships are due in the Black Sea in the next several days ahead of an international maritime exercise to include Ukraine, according to press reports and information from the U.S. Navy. Read More

Hagel: Pentagon Seeking To Improve Technological Edge With New 'Offset Strategy'

Hagel: Pentagon Seeking To Improve Technological Edge With New ‘Offset Strategy’

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Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel testifies before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense about the Defense Department's FY15 budget request June 18, 2014. DoD Photo

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel testifies before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense about the Defense Department’s FY15 budget request June 18, 2014. DoD Photo

The Pentagon is launching a new “third game-changing offset strategy” to maintain America’s decisive technological military edge well into the future. The new strategy will be developed by deputy defense secretary Bob Work and Pentagon procurement chief Frank Kendall. Read More

Marine CH-53 Crashes in Gulf of Aden, All Marines and Sailors Recovered Safely

Marine CH-53 Crashes in Gulf of Aden, All Marines and Sailors Recovered Safely

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U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 263 (Reinforced), 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), prepares to land aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS the Mesa Verde (LPD-19) on Aug. 4, 2014. US Navy Photo

U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 263 (Reinforced), 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), prepares to land aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS the Mesa Verde (LPD-19) on Aug. 4, 2014. US Navy Photo

A Marine CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter crashed in route from an African U.S. military base in Africa to the amphibious warship USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19) U.S. Naval Forces Central Command said on Monday. Read More

 UCLASS RFP Delayed Again Following Pentagon Meeting

UCLASS RFP Delayed Again Following Pentagon Meeting

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Navy’s unmanned X-47B conducts night flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) on Aug. 21, 2014. US Navy Photo

Navy’s unmanned X-47B conducts night flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) on Aug. 21, 2014. US Navy Photo

The final request for proposal (RFP) for the Navy’s planned carrier-based unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has been delayed pending a review of the service’s information, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) portfolio as part of the service’s budget process this fall, Navy officials told USNI News on Friday afternoon. Read More