Category Archives: News & Analysis

Marine Commandant Will Have More Say in Crafting Navy's Amphibious Force as Part of New Defense Bill

Marine Commandant Will Have More Say in Crafting Navy’s Amphibious Force as Part of New Defense Bill

Marines attached to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) wave to spectators as they arrive in Morehead City, N.C., aboard the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington (LPD-24) on Oct. 10, 2022. US Navy Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The commandant of the Marine Corps will have a direct say in both the requirements for the Navy’s amphibious ships and the force structure, according to provisions in the Fiscal Year 2023 National Defense Authorization Act. Read More

Pentagon Unclear How Military Would Manage End of Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccines

Pentagon Unclear How Military Would Manage End of Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccines

Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Gregzon Fontanilla, from Guam, prepares a COVID-19 vaccine aboard the America-class amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli (LHA-7) on May 10, 2022. US Navy Photo

The Pentagon has no ready answers on how the Department of Defense would implement pending legislation that would allow service members to refuse the COVID-19 vaccine without facing separation, officials said this week. Read More

Steel Knight Exercise Tests Marine, Navy Integration in ‘Island Fight’ Scenario 

Steel Knight Exercise Tests Marine, Navy Integration in ‘Island Fight’ Scenario 

U.S. Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, jump from a U.S. Army MH-47 Chinook helicopter with 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment during helocast training as part of Steel Knight 23 off the coast of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Dec. 2, 2022. US Marine Corps Photo

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – A pair of helicopter gunships swept over a scrubby valley and waited overhead as the first two MV-22B Osprey tiltrotors landed on the dusty landing zone. The rear-mounted machine guns provided cover as Marines raced into the nearby brush. Far to the south, another force of Marines went ashore via landing craft from San Diego, Calif.-based dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD-49). Read More

Keen Sword Exercise Shows Need for Interpreters in Military Medicine

Keen Sword Exercise Shows Need for Interpreters in Military Medicine

U.S. Navy medical personnel with Expeditionary Medical Facility Alpha, Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command, perform a simulated exploratory laparotomy during a demonstration of theater hospital capabilities during exercise Keen Sword 23 on Camp Foster, Japan, Nov. 17, 2022. US Marine Corps Photo

A translator is necessary when it comes to medical interoperability between the United States and its allies, the commanding officer of a Navy medical unit told USNI News. Read More

Navy Accepting Recruits with Lower Scores on Entrance Exam in Pilot Program

Navy Accepting Recruits with Lower Scores on Entrance Exam in Pilot Program

Recruits with the 64th Annual Recruit Cardinal Division stand at attention during a pass-in-review graduation ceremony inside Midway Ceremonial Drill Hall at Recruit Training Command, Nov. 4, 2022. US Navy Photo

The Navy is lowering its admittance requirements for one of the required entrance exams as part of the service’s latest changes to widen the recruiting pool for sailors.
Read More

Navy Cleaning Up, Investigating Fire Suppressant Spill at Red Hill

Navy Cleaning Up, Investigating Fire Suppressant Spill at Red Hill

Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC) Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Pearl Harbor employees uses tools to relocate contaminated soil onto a wheelbarrow as part of NAVFAC Public Works Department and Joint Task Force-Red Hill’s (JTF-RH) hazard material spill recovery operation at the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility (RHBFSF) in Halawa, Hawaii, Dec. 1, 2022. US Army Photo

The Navy appointed an Army two-star general to oversee the investigation into another spill at the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility, which comes nearly a year after a fuel spill contaminated the water supply and forced the eventual closure of the space. Read More