Last East Coast P-3C Squadron Busy in 5th Fleet as P-8A Transition Continues

Last East Coast P-3C Squadron Busy in 5th Fleet as P-8A Transition Continues

A U.S. Navy P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft from to the Skinny Dragons of Patrol Squadron (VP) 4 conducts a fly-by with the guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67) on Nov. 15, 2014. US Navy photo.

A U.S. Navy P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft from to the Skinny Dragons of Patrol Squadron (VP) 4 conducts a fly-by with the guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67) on Nov. 15, 2014. US Navy photo.

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

Iran Releases Maersk Tigris

Iran Releases Maersk Tigris

An undated image of M/V Maersk Tigris

An undated image of M/V Maersk Tigris

The Iranian government released merchant ship M/V Maersk Tigris after being detained by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) in the Strait of Hormuz on April 28, both the Iranian government and the Maersk shipping company annouced on Thursday. Read More

U.S. Marine Forces Pacific to Host First-Ever Amphibious Leaders Symposium

U.S. Marine Forces Pacific to Host First-Ever Amphibious Leaders Symposium

An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 4 flies over several countries' ships in formation during a photo exercise for Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014. US Navy photo.

An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 4 flies over several countries’ ships in formation during a photo exercise for Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014. US Navy photo.

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

SECDEF Ash Carter: Republican Congressional Budget Proposal is ‘A Road to Nowhere’

SECDEF Ash Carter: Republican Congressional Budget Proposal is ‘A Road to Nowhere’

Defense Secretary Ash Carter testifies on defense posture before the Senate Appropriations Committee's defense subcommittee in Washington, D.C., May 6, 2015. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, also testified during the hearing. DoD screen shot

Defense Secretary Ash Carter testifies on defense posture before the Senate Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee in Washington, D.C., May 6, 2015. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, also testified during the hearing.
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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