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Marine Commander in Southwest Afghanistan Strikes Optimistic Tone on Progress in Fight Against Taliban

Marine Commander in Southwest Afghanistan Strikes Optimistic Tone on Progress in Fight Against Taliban

A U.S. Marine with Task Force Southwest (TFSW) provides security for Marine advisors during an advising mission with 1st Brigade, Afghan National Army (ANA) 215th Corps as the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces conduct Operation Maiwand 12 at Camp Shorserack, Afghanistan, March 12, 2018. US Marine Corps Photo

A recently returned U.S. commander in Afghanistan gave an optimistic assessment of the combined progress of U.S. and Afghan forces against the Taliban. Read More

USNI News Video: Sea Base USS Lewis B. Puller Finding Its Way in 5th Fleet

USNI News Video: Sea Base USS Lewis B. Puller Finding Its Way in 5th Fleet

An MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the ‘Easyriders’ of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 37 delivers cargo to the expeditionary mobile base USS Lewis B. Puller (T-ESB-3). US Navy Photo

ABOARD EXPEDITIONARY SEA BASE USS LEWIS B. PULLER – U.S. 5th Fleet is experimenting with one of the Navy’s newest warships with a mission to support amphibious, special forces and mine countermeasures operations at sea. USS Lewis B. Puller (ESB-3) is the Navy’s first purpose-built expeditionary sea base in decades, and sailors and Marines are hard at work learning how to innovate with a wide cross-section of U.S. and international military partners. Read More

Marine AV-8B Harrier Crashes in Djibouti, Pilot in Stable Condition

Marine AV-8B Harrier Crashes in Djibouti, Pilot in Stable Condition

A U.S. Marine AV-8B Harrier II aircraft assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 162 (Reinforced) takes off during a Stinger trainer launch simulator aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) on March 23, 2018. US Marine Corps Photo

This post has been updated to correct the date USS Iwo Jima entered U.S. 5th Fleet. It was March 27, not March 29.

A Marine pilot is in stable condition after an AV-8B Harrier jet crashed during takeoff in Djibouti during an exercise on Tuesday, a U.S. Navy official told USNI News. Read More

Congress Accelerates Funding for New Navy C-130T Propeller Replacement Program

Congress Accelerates Funding for New Navy C-130T Propeller Replacement Program

A C-130T Hercules from Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 62 (VR-62) takes off from Anderson Air Force Base, Guam, Sept. 11, in support of operations on the first day of Valiant Shield 2012. US Navy Photo

The Navy will regain a significant heavy airlift capability a bit sooner than anticipated, after lawmakers accelerated funding needed to get the service’s fleet of C-130T aircraft back in the air.

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