Category Archives: China

Officials: U.S.-Japan Iron Fist Amphib  Exercise 'Extremely Important' as China's Navy Expands

Officials: U.S.-Japan Iron Fist Amphib Exercise ‘Extremely Important’ as China’s Navy Expands

U.S. Marines with 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers with Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade stand in formation during the opening ceremony of Exercise Iron Fist 2020 on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California on Jan. 17, 2020. US Marine Corps Photo

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Sailors and Marines kicked off an annual bilateral Iron Fist exercise with Japanese soldiers on Friday that’s designed to help Japan’s fledgling amphibious force become ready to operate. Read More

USS Shiloh Transits Taiwan Strait a Week After Presidential Election

USS Shiloh Transits Taiwan Strait a Week After Presidential Election

The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG-67) patrols the waters South of Japan on May 22, 2017. US Navy photo.

Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG-67) transited the Taiwan Strait on Thursday, less than a week after voters on the island reelected a leader opposed to closer ties between Taipei and Beijing.

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Rep. Gallagher: U.S. Needs More Agile Forces in the Pacific

Rep. Gallagher: U.S. Needs More Agile Forces in the Pacific

Marines with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit load gear onto a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 (Reinforced) during simulated Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations at Ie Shima Training Facility, March 13, 2019. Marine Corps photo

ARLINGTON, Va. — The U.S. should absorb lessons from the recent ballistic missile strikes against troops in Iraq and Kenya and put a new emphasis on fielding mobile and dispersed forces, a member of the House Armed Services Committee and former Marine said on Wednesday.

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China Expected to Pressure Taiwan After Recent Presidential Election

China Expected to Pressure Taiwan After Recent Presidential Election

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Expect Beijing to probe Taiwan’s air, sea and cyber defenses and ratchet up diplomatic and economic pressure, but an all-out invasion is unlikely following President Tsai Ing-wen’s easy re-election victory this weekend, a panel of experts agreed Monday.

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Trump Calls on NATO to ‘Become More Involved’ in Middle East

Trump Calls on NATO to ‘Become More Involved’ in Middle East

President Donald J. Trump, joined by Vice President Mike Pence, senior White House advisors and senior military personnel, delivers remarks during a national televised address Wednesday on Jan. 8, 2020. White House Photo

President Donald Trump called on NATO “to become much more involved in the Middle East process,” during Wednesday remarks at the White House. Read More

Top Stories 2019: Marine Corps Operations

Top Stories 2019: Marine Corps Operations

A Marine with 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, assigned to the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force – Crisis Response – Central Command (SPMAGTF-CR-CC) 19.2, participates in a tactical vehicle driving course in Kuwait on Dec. 21, 2019. US Marine Corps Photo

This post is part of a series of review stories looking back at the top naval news from 2019.

The Marine Corps put into practice the concepts it has been writing and wargaming in recent years, showing what its Expeditionary Advance Base Operations (EABO) might look like in a modern-day island-hopping campaign. Read More