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Congress Grants Additional Funding to Keep CH-53K Helicopter Testing on Schedule

Congress Grants Additional Funding to Keep CH-53K Helicopter Testing on Schedule

The CH-53K King Stallion lifts a Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, January 18, 2018. The purpose of this exercise was to show the Capabilities of the CH-53K. US Marine Corps photo.

This post has been updated to include additional information from Naval Air Systems Command.

Lawmakers approved a second batch of funding to supplement the Marine Corps’ CH-53K heavy lift helicopter program, which saw its flight test program overhauled after challenges with technologies and executing the test requirements efficiently. Read More

Panel: U.S., China South China Sea Tensions Show No Signs of Easing

Panel: U.S., China South China Sea Tensions Show No Signs of Easing

Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning underway. PLAN Photo

While Washington defends its Navy’s transits through disputed waters in the South China Sea as upholding international freedom of navigation, Beijing blasts these operations as provocative and clear violations of its domestic law, a leading Chinese naval expert said last week; and both positions could harden.

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Navy Commissions Destroyer USS Paul Ignatius

Navy Commissions Destroyer USS Paul Ignatius

Navy Station Norfolk’s Saluting Battery renders honors during the commissioning ceremony of USS Paul Ignatius (DDG-117), the 67th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer. Navy photo

The newest Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, USS Paul Ignatius (DDG-117), joined the fleet over the weekend in a commissioning ceremony in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

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Sgt. Maj. Troy Black Takes Over as Top Enlisted Marine

Sgt. Maj. Troy Black Takes Over as Top Enlisted Marine

Sergeant Maj. Ronald L. Green, 18th Sergeant Major the Marine Corps, left, Sergeant Maj. Troy E. Black, 19th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, middle, and Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. David H. Berger, right, stand in the reviewing area at the conclusion of a relief and appointment ceremony at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., July 26, 2019. The emblematic passing of the sword of office signifies the transfer of the senior enlisted leader of Marines and advisor to the commandant from 18th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Ronald L. Green to Sgt. Maj. Black. US Marine Corps photo.

Sgt. Maj. Troy Black took over as the 19th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps on Friday, in a relief and appointment ceremony at Marine Barracks Washington on July 26. Read More

Canada Invites Boeing, Lockheed to Submit Next-Generation Fighter Proposals

Canada Invites Boeing, Lockheed to Submit Next-Generation Fighter Proposals

A Canadian CF-18 along with four possible contenders for follow-on fighters for Canada. Top to bottom: Saab JAS 39 Gripen, Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet, Lockheed Martin F-35A Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter, Eurofighter Typhoon. DoD Photos

Boeing and Lockheed Martin, rivals locked in Canada’s long-time saga of considering a next-generation fighter, were two of four firms invited this week to submit bids to build the aircraft.

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16 Marines Arrested for Alleged Human Smuggling, Drug-Related Offenses

16 Marines Arrested for Alleged Human Smuggling, Drug-Related Offenses

U.S. Marines with 1st Marine Division, participate in a change of command ceremony at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California on June 13, 2019. US Marine Corps Photo

During an infantry battalion’s morning formation on Thursday at Camp Pendleton, Calif., 16 Marines were arrested on allegations they took part in illegal human smuggling and illicit drug-related offenses, 1st Marine Division announced. Read More

Marines Reach 2011 Goal of 2,500 in Darwin, With Addition of HIMARS Platoon, More to Current Rotation

Marines Reach 2011 Goal of 2,500 in Darwin, With Addition of HIMARS Platoon, More to Current Rotation

U.S. Marines with Marine Rotational Force – Darwin (MRF-D), arrive as part of the force enhancement for the 2019 rotation at RAAF Base Darwin, Australia, on July 17, 2019. Marine Corps Photo

The deployment of a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) platoon to Australia has helped the Marine Corps reach the 2,500-Marine presence in Darwin that U.S. and Australian leaders promised in 2011. Read More