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Navy P-8A Poseidon Expanding Operations in Asia

Navy P-8A Poseidon Expanding Operations in Asia

U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon from VP-8 at the Singapore Air Show. USNI News Photo

SINGAPORE — Following its inaugural deployment to the Asia-Pacific, the U.S Navy’s P-8A Poseidon Patrol Squadron 16 has been playing a key role not only in regard to operations in the region but also in cooperation and engagement activities with U.S partner nations. Read More

Marines to Field Small UAS, EW Tools, Upgraded Weapons After Sea Dragon 2025 Experimentation

Marines to Field Small UAS, EW Tools, Upgraded Weapons After Sea Dragon 2025 Experimentation

U.S. Marines with 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division (2d MARDIV), make final preparations to their Sea Dragon 2025 weapon systems and gear during a live-fire range at Range G-6, Camp Lejeune, N.C., July 12, 2017. The Sea Dragon 2025 equipment showcased new capabilities for Marines to use in future exercises and operations. US Marine Corps photo.

THE PENTAGON – The Marine Corps is beginning to implement changes to the infantry battalion a year into the service’s Sea Dragon 2025 experimentation effort, with recommendations that include fielding small unmanned aerial systems (UAS), adding advanced training opportunities, restructuring the rifle squad and drawing up new tactics and procedures for a high-end battlefield. Read More

Foggo: U.S. Needs More Forward Presence in Mediterranean Sea

Foggo: U.S. Needs More Forward Presence in Mediterranean Sea

A wave crashes over the forecastle of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG-64) while underway in the Mediterranean Sea on Jan. 22, 2018. US Navy Photo

The Eastern Mediterranean is becoming “one of the most kinetic areas in the world,” as the U.S., NATO, Russia and China operate more and more in the crowded region, the Navy’s top officer in Europe said on Tuesday. Read More

Navy FY 2019 Budget Request Pushes MQ-25A Stingray to Mid-2020s

Navy FY 2019 Budget Request Pushes MQ-25A Stingray to Mid-2020s

An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator sits on an aircraft elevator of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) on May 6, 2013. US Navy Photo

THE PENTAGON – The Navy’s MQ-25A Stingray unmanned aerial tanker project, previously described as a rapid acquisition program for the department, is now not set to be integrated into the air wing until 2026, officials said on Monday.

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Navy to Grow Fleet by 46 Ships in 5 Years; Plans to Increase Deployed Hulls by 30 Percent

Navy to Grow Fleet by 46 Ships in 5 Years; Plans to Increase Deployed Hulls by 30 Percent

Ships assigned to the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (Ike CSG) conduct a replenishment-at-sea with the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Big Horn (T-AO 198) on June 2, 2016. US Navy photo.

THE PENTAGON – The Navy’s five-year plan involves having 31 more ships deployed at any given time compared to today, with a fleet that is 46 ships larger, according to the service’s budget request and long-range shipbuilding plan released today.

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Marines Ready to Begin LAV Replacement After Talks With Industry on Next-Gen Capabilities

Marines Ready to Begin LAV Replacement After Talks With Industry on Next-Gen Capabilities

A vehicle commander with 3rd Platoon, Bravo Company, 4th Light Armor Reconnaissance Regiment uses binoculars to observe targets for a TOW missile launcher in 2017. US Marine Corps Photo

SAN DIEGO, Calif — The Marine Corps is finally ready to pursue a Light Armored Vehicle replacement after a couple years of not seeing the right next-generation ideas. Read More

Challenges Ahead as 13th MEU, Essex ARG Prep for First West Coast F-35 Deployment

Challenges Ahead as 13th MEU, Essex ARG Prep for First West Coast F-35 Deployment

U.S. Marine Sgt. Maj. Allen Goodyear, the squadron sergeant major for Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 211, Marine Aircraft Group 13, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, signals for an F-35B Lightning II to take off from the flight deck of the USS Essex (LHD-2) during Exercise Dawn Blitz. US Marine Corps Photo

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The first stateside Marine expeditionary unit to deploy with the F-35B Lightning II wrapped up a unit-level exercise last week as Marine Corps and Navy commanders prepare to train their forces at sea ahead of their first deployment with Joint Strike Fighters. Read More