As the House Armed Services Committee begins its work on the defense authorization bill this year, one in six committee members will have a head start understanding some of the complex issues facing the Navy – 10 of the 63 members served in the Navy or Marine Corps. This first-hand knowledge will prove helpful in figuring out how to balance the military’s needs with the tight budgets they’re given to work with. Read More
The Marines are looking to employ new types of ships to extend the reach of special crisis response units into Africa, senior service leaders have told USNI News. Read More
Quoting the Iraqi prime minister that “we’ll do Mosul when we’re ready,” the special presidential envoy to the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL said, “We’ve got to resist putting a timeline on it.” Read More
This post has been updated to include additional comments from U.S. Special Operations Command, Pacific.
The U.S. special operations mission to help the Philippine military to fight Islamic militants is coming to a close, U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) officials told USNI News on Thursday. Read More
In their first budget hearing of the year with the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), Navy officials described their Fiscal Year 2016 plans that include speeding up construction of the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CVN-79) without changing its delivery date, hurrying to start the USS George Washington (CVN-73) Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH) planning to avoid problems down the road, and abandoning hopes of procuring a third Afloat Forward Staging Base early. Read More
Facing an increasing array of threats and demands even as our budgetary situation grows more challenging, it is clear that the Navy and Marine Corps team offers the best value to advance both our global security and economic interests.
Uniquely, the Navy and Marine Corps provide presence around the world, around the clock. We are the nation’s first line of defense, ready for any challenge on the horizon. Presence means we respond faster; remain on station longer; carry everything we need with us; and do whatever missions our nation’s leaders assign us without needing anyone else’s permission. Read More
The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) are scheduled to return to Naval Station San Diego, Calif. on Wednesday after a seven-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of operation that included airstrikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL) in Iraq, the Navy announced Monday. Read More
The Navy plans to open a limited competition between General Dynamics NASSCO and Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding for work on the LHA-8 amphibious assault ship, the T-AO(X) fleet oiler replacement and the next generation LX(R) dock landing ship replacement – meant to introduce competition as well as more evenly distribute work in the shipbuilding industry, the service told USNI News. Read More
French nuclear aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle (R91) has entered the Persian Gulf and could soon start strike missions against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL) fighters, defense officials told USNI News on Friday. Read More