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RIMPAC Innovation Fair Highlights Range of Solutions to Common Maritime Challenges

RIMPAC Innovation Fair Highlights Range of Solutions to Common Maritime Challenges

Republic of Indonesia Navy Lt. Cmdr. Bayu Edy uses BEMR Lab’s Virtual Equipment Environment (V2E) virtual reality system at the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2018 Innovation Fair June 28. US Navy Photo

PEARL HARBOR – Countries participating in the Rim of the Pacific 2018 exercise had a chance to show off their most innovative solutions to maritime challenges – from high-end game-changers like a virtual reality system to help corpsmen perform battlefield surgeries, to more simple but highly applicable items like a floating damage control bag. Read More

Coast Guard Opens Duck Boat Sinking Investigation

Coast Guard Opens Duck Boat Sinking Investigation

The Coast Guard oversees the removal of Stretch Duck 7 from Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri, July 23, 2018. US Coast Guard Photo

The U.S. Coast Guard has convened a formal Marine Board of Investigation into the deadly July 19 sinking of an amphibious duck boat tour vessel on Table Rock Lake in Branson, Mo. Read More

RIMPAC 2018 Important to Validating Command and Control of Multinational Task Groups

RIMPAC 2018 Important to Validating Command and Control of Multinational Task Groups

U.S. Marine Corps AAV-P7/A1 assault amphibious vehicles assigned to Combat Assault Company, 3rd Marine Regiment, unload service members during an amphibious landing demonstration as part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise at Pyramid Rock Beach on Marine Corps Base Hawaii July 29, 2018. US Marine Corps photo.

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM AND ABOARD HMAS ADELAIDE OFF THE COAST OF HAWAII – The biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise wraps up in Hawaii this week after giving 25 participating nations a chance to work with partners they couldn’t otherwise afford to collaborate with, perform roles they otherwise would struggle to learn and perform naval missions at a scale unseen anywhere else in the world. Read More

Failure of Two Ships to Participate in RIMPAC Highlight Amphibious Readiness Gap

Failure of Two Ships to Participate in RIMPAC Highlight Amphibious Readiness Gap

USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) arrives in San Diego on May 8, 2018. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to correct the amphibious ships that suffered mechanical problems preventing their full participation in RIMPAC. USS Boxer was sidelined with mechanical difficulties and could not participate in RIMPAC SOCAL. USS Portland (LPD-27) served as the 3rd Fleet command ship for the duration of the exercise. This post has also been updated to clarify the role of USS Bonhomme Richard during RIMPAC.

THE PENTAGON — The two U.S. amphibious warships that were planned to be central to the Rim of the Pacific 2018 exercises were unable to fully participate in the event due to mechanical failures that highlight continued readiness problems with the Navy’s amphibious fleet. Read More

Experts Weigh the Future of the Pentagon’s Space Force

Experts Weigh the Future of the Pentagon’s Space Force

The U.S. Air Force 45th Space Wing supported SpaceX’s successful launch of NASA’s Commercial Resupply Mission 13 aboard a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS), Florida, Dec. 15, 2017. DoD Photo

The Trump administration’s push to create a U.S. Space Force could be more like a Space Corps– similar to the Marine Corps – or a separate combatant command, a panel of national security experts predicted on Monday. Read More

VIDEO: Navy May Bring Back Harpoon Missiles on Attack Subs After Successful SINKEX; RIMPAC Also Highlights Ground-to-Ship Strike Capability

VIDEO: Navy May Bring Back Harpoon Missiles on Attack Subs After Successful SINKEX; RIMPAC Also Highlights Ground-to-Ship Strike Capability

Sailors load a Harpoon anti-ship cruise missile on to the Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Olympia (SSN-717) on July 3, 2018. US Navy Photo

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM – The Navy may once again arm its attack submarines with the Harpoon anti-ship cruise missile, after a sub-launched Harpoon performed well during a sinking exercise this month in the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2018 exercise. Read More