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Japanese Navy Successfully Tests Latest Aegis BMD Upgrade from Destroyer JS Atago

Japanese Navy Successfully Tests Latest Aegis BMD Upgrade from Destroyer JS Atago

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force guided-missile destroyer JS Atago (DDG 177) returns to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam after participating in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2010 exercises. US Navy photo.

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) demonstrated Japan’s sea-based ballistic missile defense capability, when destroyer JS Atago (DDG-177) intercepted a missile target off the coast of Hawaii this week. Read More

Wasp ESG Assessing Damage to Guam, Northern Marianas from Typhoon Mangkhut

Wasp ESG Assessing Damage to Guam, Northern Marianas from Typhoon Mangkhut

The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit Humanitarian Assistance Survey Team rides on a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 (Rein.) Marine Corps photo.

The Wasp Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) with embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) is assisting in the assessment of typhoon damage to Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

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Marines Prepared to Use F-35Bs in Middle East Combat If Needed; No Other Naval Aviation Nearby

Marines Prepared to Use F-35Bs in Middle East Combat If Needed; No Other Naval Aviation Nearby

F-35B Lightning II, attached to the “Avengers” of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 211, sit on the flight deck of Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) on Sept. 4, 2018, while transiting the Indian Ocean with San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Anchorage (LPD 23) during a regularly scheduled deployment of Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). The Essex ARG and 13th MEU is the first U.S. Navy/Marine Corps team to deploy to U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations with the F-35B Lightning II. US Navy photo.

The Marine Corps’ F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters are the only ship-based fixed-wing aircraft in the Middle East right now, and service leaders say the new jets are ready to handle any fight in Syria, Iraq or Afghanistan they may be tasked with. Read More

Hurricane Florence: Navy Evacuating East Coast Aircraft; Coast Guard Sorties Cutters

Hurricane Florence: Navy Evacuating East Coast Aircraft; Coast Guard Sorties Cutters

Sailors of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28 prepare MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopters to evacuate Naval Station Norfolk to ensure personnel safety and prevent damage to Navy assets as a proactive measure. More than 100 Hampton Roads-based aircraft assigned to Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic have departed the area as a result of the incoming storm on Sept. 11, 2018. US Navy Photo

A previous version of this story stated naval aircraft from Naval Air Station Jacksonville were evacuated to escape Hurricane Florence. The story listed the aircrafts’ headquarters locations, but the aircraft being evacuated were assigned to other locations..

Most of the U.S. Navy’s aircraft based in Virginia and Maryland that are able to fly will be sortied to escape Hurricane Florence, service officials told USNI News. Read More

Marines Deploy First F-35Bs to the Middle East; 13th MEU, Essex ARG Test Battle Readiness

Marines Deploy First F-35Bs to the Middle East; 13th MEU, Essex ARG Test Battle Readiness

An F-35B Lightning II, attached to the Wake Island Avengers of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 211, launches from the flight deck of Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD-2)on Aug. 30, 2018. US Navy Photo

Marines training on the ground on the Horn of Africa will see a new set of wings pulling the classic close air support mission: The F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter. Read More

Panel Asks: What Problem Does a U.S. Space Force Solve?

Panel Asks: What Problem Does a U.S. Space Force Solve?

Team Vandenberg supported the successful launch of the fifth Iridium mission on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex-4 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California on March 30, 2018. US Air Force Photo

The question around a push for new Pentagon organization to oversee the military’s interest in space is defining, “what’s the problem we’re trying to solve” a group of national security agreed on Monday. Read More