Category Archives: Foreign Forces

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: April 29, 2019

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: April 29, 2019

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These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of April 29, 2019, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the chart reflects the location of the capital ship. Read More

Former USS Fitzgerald CO Outlines Defense in Rebuttal to SECNAV

Former USS Fitzgerald CO Outlines Defense in Rebuttal to SECNAV

Cmdr. Bryce Benson, then-executive officer, assists in bringing down the battle ensign aboard USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) in 2016. US Navy Photo

The former commander of USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) is pushing back against a rebuke from the Secretary of the Navy, disputing major facts in the service’s argument he was criminally negligent leading up a June 17, 2017, fatal collision, according to a copy of the April 26 rebuttal obtained by USNI News. Read More

Marines Folding F-35B into New Pacific Island-Hopping Concept

Marines Folding F-35B into New Pacific Island-Hopping Concept

An F-35B Lightning II jet performs a vertical landing during a field carrier landing practice at Ie Shima Island, Okinawa, Japan, on Dec. 5, 2018. US Marine Corps Photo

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Marine Corps is learning how to incorporate its new F-35B Joint Strike Fighter jets into its island-hopping concept of Expeditionary Advance Base Operations, with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit rehearsing this concept recently in the Pacific. Read More

UPDATED: VT Halter Marine to Build New Coast Guard Icebreaker

UPDATED: VT Halter Marine to Build New Coast Guard Icebreaker

An artist’s rendering of VT Halter Marine’s winning bid for the U.S. Coast Guard Polar Security Cutter. VT Halter Marine image used with permission

This post has been updated to include a rendering of the VT Halter Marine bid and the names of the two other shipyards who bid for the Polar Security Cutter contract.

VT Halter Marine Inc. has been awarded a $745M detailed design and construction contract for the Coast Guard’s next-generation heavy icebreaker, according to a Tuesday Pentagon contract announcement. Read More

USNI News Video: Britain's Caribbean Naval Mission

USNI News Video: Britain’s Caribbean Naval Mission

A Mexifloat from RFA Mounts Bay on its way to Grand Tuck with Heavy Plant for use in the rebuild after the hurricane in 2017. UK Royal Navy Photo

ABOARD ROYAL FLEET AUXILIARY SHIP MOUNTS BAY — One of three British Bay-class landing ships has spent nearly two years in the Western Atlantic and the Caribbean Sea, both looking after British interests as well as finding ways to partner with the U.S. Navy. Read More

Panel: Political End to Afghan War is Risky but Necessary

Panel: Political End to Afghan War is Risky but Necessary

An Air Force combat rescue officer from the 64th Expeditionary Rescue Squadron flies with an Army National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter crew over Kandahar, Afghanistan, during joint training on April 5, 2019. US Air Force Photo

Talks between the United States and the Taliban over Afghanistan’s future remain risky but necessary to reach a political settlement to end decades of war, a leading expert in South Asia security affairs said Monday. Read More

The U.S. Coast Guard's Mission to Africa

The U.S. Coast Guard’s Mission to Africa

Ensign Panashe Mutombo, an officer aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Thetis (WMEC-910), looks out from the starboard side flying bridge on March 3, 2019 during the cutter’s transit to Africa to support U.S. Africa Command, U.S. 6th Fleet. US Coast Guard Photo

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Thetis (WMEC-910) is halfway through a 90-day mission to Africa’s Atlantic coast and already the crew has helped enforce fishing rights, combat smuggling and piracy and rescue two fishermen who had been declared dead. Read More

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: April 22, 2019

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: April 22, 2019

USNI News Graphic

These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of April 22, 2019, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the chart reflects the location of the capital ship. Read More

Panel: U.S. Base in Djibouti Key to American Interests in Africa

Panel: U.S. Base in Djibouti Key to American Interests in Africa

Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 22 (NMCB 22) and Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 5, assigned to the San-Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD-18) unloads equipment off Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) 43 and 62, on the beach of Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti in 2016. US Navy Photo

Camp Lemonier, the American base in Djibouti, is becoming more integral to U.S. interests in the volatile region surrounding the Red Sea, a leading regional expert said Thursday. Read More