Category Archives: Foreign Forces

SECDEF Mattis' New 'Four Thirties' Initiative Designed to Reinforce NATO Against Russia

SECDEF Mattis’ New ‘Four Thirties’ Initiative Designed to Reinforce NATO Against Russia

Marines and Sailors with Marine Rotational Force-Europe 18.1 advance to their assault position during a platoon counter-attack during Exercise Hedgehog at Tsooru, Estonia on May 9, 2018. US Marine Corps Photo

THE PENTAGON – For the past few years the Pentagon beefed up its ability to respond to Russian military action, and now it appears the rest of NATO is likewise willing to focus on protecting the alliance’s eastern frontier.

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Pentagon Officials Shrug Off Latest Iranian Persian Gulf Threat

Pentagon Officials Shrug Off Latest Iranian Persian Gulf Threat

U.S. Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, brief reporters at the Pentagon, Arlington, Va., Aug. 28, 2018. DoD photo

THE PENTAGON — The new commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) claims the Strait of Hormuz is under Iran’s control, but Pentagon leaders say the U.S. Navy has no intention of altering any operations in the region.

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CNO: New 2nd Fleet Boundary Will Extend North to the Edge of Russian Waters

CNO: New 2nd Fleet Boundary Will Extend North to the Edge of Russian Waters

Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Oscar Austin (DDG-79) transits the Arctic Circle Sept. 5, 2017. US Navy Photo

ABOARD AIRCRAFT CARRIER USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH – The boundaries of the Navy’s reestablished U.S. 2nd Fleet extends well past the old submarine stomping grounds of the Cold War and into waters north of Scandinavia and the Arctic Circle, near the submarine headquarters of Russia’s Northern Fleet, Chief of Naval Operations John Richardson said on Friday. Read More

Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group Out on Patrol

Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group Out on Patrol

The Kongo-class guided-missile destroyer JS Kirishima (DDG-174), right, sails alongside the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) during photo exercise. Ronald Reagan is forward-deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. US Navy Photo

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), the only forward-based U.S. aircraft carrier, departed port Tuesday to participate in a bilateral training event in the Philippine Sea.

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Panel: Japan Still Needs U.S. Protection from North Korean, Chinese Aggression

Panel: Japan Still Needs U.S. Protection from North Korean, Chinese Aggression

A bilateral flag waves during the 42nd Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force – Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni Friendship Day at MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, May 5, 2018. US Marine Corps Photo

Japan doesn’t have an alternative to its American alliance when confronting North Korea’s missile and nuclear weapons threat or Beijing’s territorial aggression, a panel of regional experts agreed on Friday. Read More

VIDEO: Navy P-8As Use RIMPAC to Collaborate with Indian Navy, Practice in High-Traffic Environment

VIDEO: Navy P-8As Use RIMPAC to Collaborate with Indian Navy, Practice in High-Traffic Environment

A Patrol Squadron 47 P-8A Poseidon returns to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise, July 24. US Navy photo.

OFF THE COAST OF HAWAII – A U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon flying at low altitude spent the better part of three hours pulling hairpin turns and looping through the airspace, working in a grid to drop sonobuoys that would listen for sounds in the water and help the aircraft close in on an “enemy” submarine below. Read More

Chile's Rise Through RIMPAC Ranks Has Shaped Armada Operations at Home

Chile’s Rise Through RIMPAC Ranks Has Shaped Armada Operations at Home

Canadian Lt. Col. Ray Townsend, Commander, Task Group (CTG) 172.1, middle, speaks with Chilean Navy Rear Admiral Pablo Niemann Figari, Combined Forces Maritime Component Commander, left, during a tour of CTG-172.1 Mobile Tactical Operations Center (MTOC) on Marine Corps Base Hawaii during the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2018 exercise. US Navy Photo

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, HAWAII – Chile’s unlikely rise to leadership at the Rim of the Pacific biennial international exercise has allowed its naval officers to bring back an array of lessons learned to the Armada de Chile, which deals with a unique set of challenges. Read More