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Iwo Jima ARG, 26th MEU Return Home From 6-Month Deployment to 5th, 6th Fleets

Iwo Jima ARG, 26th MEU Return Home From 6-Month Deployment to 5th, 6th Fleets

U.S. Marines with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) prepare to land at Marine Corps Air Station New River, Aug. 5, 2018. Marines with the 26th MEU returned home from a six-month deployment at sea to the U.S. Central, Africa and European Command areas of operation. US Marine Corps photos.

USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) and its amphibious ready group returned home on Thursday, concluding a six-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and U.S. 6th Fleet areas of operations in the Mediterranean and Persian Gulf.

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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

Lt. Gen. Lewis Craparotta Relieves Lt. Gen. David Berger As MARFORPAC Commander

Lt. Gen. Lewis Craparotta Relieves Lt. Gen. David Berger As MARFORPAC Commander

U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. David H. Berger, left, outgoing commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific (MARFORPAC) and Lt. Gen. Lewis A. Craparotta, incoming commander of MARFORPAC, speak after the MARFORPAC change of command ceremony at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Aug. 8, 2018. US Marine Corps photo.

Lt. Gen. Lewis Craparotta relieved Lt. Gen. David Berger as commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific at a ceremony at Camp Smith, Hawaii, earlier this week, in what has become a common thread linking the careers of both generals.

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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

VIDEO: RIMPAC Showcases the Evolution, Expansion of Australia's Amphibious Force

VIDEO: RIMPAC Showcases the Evolution, Expansion of Australia’s Amphibious Force

A CH-53E Super Stallion takes off the flight deck of the Royal Australian Navy landing helicopter dock ship HMAS Adelaide (L01) during an amphibious demonstration as part of the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise, July 29. US Navy photo.

ABOARD HMAS ADELAIDE, OFF THE COAST OF HAWAII – Australia’s amphibious force was a breakout star of the Rim of the Pacific 2018 exercise, being thrust into visible leadership role when the U.S. Navy’s amphibious assault ship suffered mechanical failures and remained pierside for most of the at-sea exercise. Read More

Panel: Expansion of U.S. Arms Sales Tool to Expand American Influence

Panel: Expansion of U.S. Arms Sales Tool to Expand American Influence

Boeing P-8I Maritime Patrol Aircraft

The administration’s goal in streamlining the process for American defense contractors to grow their sales internationally and bringing in unmanned aerial systems is a race for global influence that goes well beyond the marketplace, government and industry association panelists agreed on Wednesday. Read More

DoD Official: U.S. Committed to Countering Chinese Military Intimidation in South East Asia

DoD Official: U.S. Committed to Countering Chinese Military Intimidation in South East Asia

A naval soldier of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) views through a pair of binoculars onboard China’s first aircraft carrier Liaoning as it visits a military harbor on the South China Sea. Xinhua Photo

While revoking China’s invitation from the Rim of the Pacific 2018 maritime exercises was a symbolic move, it sent a signal that the United States is willing to confront Beijing and maintain American leadership in the Western Pacific, the top Pentagon official for the region said Tuesday. Read More