USS Chung-Hoon (DDG-93) sails in the South China Sea on May 10, 2019. US Navy Photo
The U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard say they need to begin acting more assertively to push back against gray-zone operations China is already conducting today. That means having more forward forces to deter, to document malign behaviors and to support partners as they protect their territory, according to service leaders.
The aurora borealis over Ice Camp Seadragon during Ice Exercise (ICEX) 2020. US Navy Photo
The United States “needs resilient people and resilient equipment” to meet mounting security and economic challenges posed by Russia and China, according to a panel of Arctic security experts. Read More
The U.S. Coast Guard Legend-class cutter USCGC Stratton (WMSL 752), left, and the U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG 85) maneuver into formation during Talisman Sabre 2019. US Navy photo.
The Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard released their clearest argument yet for what they need to do to be prepared to take on China – not in a hypothetical future scenario, but in the day-to-day competition happening now on the seas. Read More
The future USS Daniel Inouye (DDG-118) conducts builder’s trials in the Kennebec River in Maine, December 2020. Bath Iron Works photo.
Bath Iron Works sent its first ship in two years down the Kennebec River for sea trials, with builder’s trials for the future Arleigh Burke-class destroyer Daniel Inouye (DDG-118) kicking off, the shipyard announced today. Read More
Norfolk Naval Shipyard’s USS Alabama Float undergoes extensive renovations to help support the community. Norfolk Naval Shipyard Photo
Squeezed in between repairs of multiple aircraft carriers and submarine availabilities, the Navy is working to restore a model of a World War II-era battleship the service lends out for parades. Read More
Guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG-104) steams in the Persian Gulf on Sept. 29, 2020. US Navy Photo
The 21st century is again the time to show off the “power of naval diplomacy” — from ship visits to officer exchanges — to counter China’s global maritime ambitions, two security experts said last week. Read More
Drill instructors with Receiving Company, Support Battalion, correct a new recruit of Bravo Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, during receiving at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, March 30, 2020. Once recruits stepped off the bus, they immediately began the transformation from civilian to Marine. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Brooke C. Woods)
The Marine Corps in February will start conducting gender integrated training at its San Diego boot camp, the service announced this week. Read More
Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Karsten Foster, left, and Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Hannah May unloads a shipment of Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccinations into a freezer at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP) on Dec. 15, 2020. US Navy Photo
The Navy’s first doses of the recently approved COVID-19 vaccine arrived at a military hospital in San Diego, a service spokesman said today. Read More
Infantry Training Battalion instructors play chess in their instructor ready room at School of Infantry-West at Camp Pendleton, Calif. US Marine Corps photo.
The Marine Corps is about to revolutionize infantry training, more than doubling the length of initial training for enlisted infantry Marines and weighing consolidation of its core grunt specialties into a single, all-around infantry warfighter. Read More
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Christopher Tenney, an aerial observer with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 164 (Reinforced), 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, observes U.S. Navy Landing Craft, Air Cushions 39 and 79 assigned to Assault Craft Unit 5 return to the amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset (LPD-25) during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Singapore on Dec. 11, 2020. US Marine Corps Photo
The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group and the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit are now operating in the Indian Ocean after spending some time in the South China Sea, USNI News has learned. Read More