Daily Archives: June 5, 2017

Marines FY 2018 $3.2B Unfunded List Prioritizes Aircraft Buys

Marines FY 2018 $3.2B Unfunded List Prioritizes Aircraft Buys

U.S. Marine Corps pilots maneuver a CH-53K King Stallion as it delivers a 12,000-pound external load after completing an 110 nautical mile mission during the two-week initial operational test (OT-B1) conducted at Sikorsky. Sikorsky Photo

New fighters, helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles topped the $3.18 billion unfunded wish list of the Marine Corps to Congress, according to a copy of the document obtained by USNI News on Monday. Read More

BALTOPS 2017 Focuses On Air Integration To Support Realistic Coalition Warfighting Scenarios

BALTOPS 2017 Focuses On Air Integration To Support Realistic Coalition Warfighting Scenarios

U.S. Marines with 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines deployed from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, land their amphibious assault vehicles ashore at Uto, Sweden, on June 10, 2016, during BALTOPS 2016. The 2016 exercise focused on challenging amphibious landings in the northern part of the Baltic Sea, whereas this year will focus on air integration and will primarily take place in the southern part of the Baltic Sea. US Navy photo.

THE PENTAGON — Fifty ships set sail in the Baltic Sea this week for the annual NATO exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS), with this year’s event including a larger aviation component and a larger adversary “red force” in the hopes of creating a realistic scenario for high-end warfare in Europe, the Navy’s 6th Fleet commander told reporters today. Read More

China Pushes Back Against SECDEF Mattis ‘Irresponsible Remarks’ on South China Sea

China Pushes Back Against SECDEF Mattis ‘Irresponsible Remarks’ on South China Sea

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and Tomomi Inada, the minister of defense for Japan, during the International Institute for Strategic Studies 16th Asia Security Summit in Singapore on June 3, 2017. DoD Photo

Beijing has issued a rebuke to U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis and his Japanese counterpart over comments on the South China Sea that Chinese leadership has deemed, “irresponsible.” Read More

Video: U.S. Navy 'Killer Tomato' Shoot

Video: U.S. Navy ‘Killer Tomato’ Shoot

The following is May 26, 2017 video of U.S. sailors aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) fire at a killer tomato, a large inflatable floating target, using various crew-served weapons. Read More