Right up to the moment the polling stations closed at 10 p.m. last Thursday in the U.K., the political pundits were unwavering in their forecasts: neither Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives nor the opposition Labour Party wielded enough firepower for an outright win in Britain’s 2015 parliamentary elections. Read More
The Navy christened the Joint High Speed Vessel Brunswick (JHSV-6) on Saturday in Mobile, Ala., marking a milestone for the sixth craft in a class still exploring its full potential. Read More
The three-ship Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) will deploy today from Naval Station San Diego, Calif. for a deployment to the Western Pacific and the Middle East. Read More
Iran’s recent seizure and release of the Marshall Islands flagged M/V Maersk Tigris could be what Iran claims it is, a reaction to a decade-long dispute over shipping containers that were diverted to the UAE and never delivered to Iran. More likely however, it is a thinly veiled attempt at brinkmanship to remind the United States of the kind of trouble that Iran can stir up in the Strait of Hormuz. Read More
70 years ago today, Allied Forces in World War II declared victory in Europe. It would take another three months to defeat Japan in the Pacific, but Europeans who had endured nearly six years of war celebrated VE-Day. On the 70th anniversary of VE-Day, Arsenal of Democracy organized a World War II plane flyover, featuring formations of bombers, fighters, trainers and more, arranged to represent the chronological progression of the war. Read More
This post has been updated to clarify that the Royal Australian Air Force has not yet signed a contract for its P-8As but has approved the acquisition of the aircraft.
Members of Patrol Squadron (VP) 26 “Tridents” are busy in U.S. 5th Fleet this spring, in the middle of the last deployment of the Lockheed Martin P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft from the East Coast. Read More
As terrible as the loss of life and damage has been since the April 25, Gorkha earthquake in Nepal, an American and Nepalese training exercise a week before the quake predicted an even worse result, U.S. officials involved with the relief effort told USNI News on Wednesday. Read More
The following is a memo from Navy Secretary Ray Mabus on improving and increasing Navy and Marine Corps wargaming as part of his innovation initiative. Read More
This article has been updated to include information on a memo from Navy Secretary Ray Mabus dealing with wargaming in the Navy and Marine Corps, as well as a clarification of the Navy and Marine Corps roles in organizing this summer’s events.
MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. – The U.S. Pacific Fleet will host an amphibious operations exercise this month in conjunction with a U.S. Marine Forces Pacific-sponsored conference and tabletop exercise for more than 30 Pacific countries. Read More
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter asked Congress to relieve the Pentagon of the “double whammy” of sequestration budget restrictions and the Republican proposed single year defense plan. Read More