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Berger: U.S. Should Restructure Indo-Pacific Force Posture

Berger: U.S. Should Restructure Indo-Pacific Force Posture

Marines with Charlie Battery, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit on Okinawa on Sept. 12, 2020. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to correct the previous assignment of Maj. Gen. Paul Rock.

The Marine Corps needs to spread out its forces in the Indo-Pacific region if it wants to be successful in deterring Chinese aggression in the coming decades, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David Berger said during an appearance at the virtual Modern Day Marine conference on Wednesday. Read More

Marine Corps Conducting 'Campaign of Learning' to Wring Out Force Design 2030 Plans

Marine Corps Conducting ‘Campaign of Learning’ to Wring Out Force Design 2030 Plans

U.S. Marines with Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 3d Marine Regiment, scope out their terrain during an amphibious assault exercise, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, May 28, 2020. Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 3d Marine Regiment, and Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 3d Marine Regiment, conducted an amphibious assault exercise and military operations in urban terrain to increase littoral mobility proficiency in 3d Marine Regiment and advance the goals of the Commandant of the Marine Corps 2030 Force Design. US Marine Corps photo.

The Marine Corps is asking hard questions about its Force Design 2030 plan and gaining answers through a flurry of experimentation and wargaming, to help quickly reshape the force to deter or win a fight against China.
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VIDEO: Marine F-35Bs Underway on U.K. Aircraft Carrier

VIDEO: Marine F-35Bs Underway on U.K. Aircraft Carrier

F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 211 “The Wake Island Avengers” and the United Kingdom’s Lightning 617 Squadron shortly after embarking onboard HMS Queen Elizabeth on 22 September, 2020, off the coast of the United Kingdom. (Royal Navy Photo)

Ten U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lighting II Joint Strike Fighters got underway aboard U.K. aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08) on Tuesday ahead of an upcoming series of drills, the squadron announced. Read More

Marines, Sailors Join National Guard to Fight California Wildfires

Marines, Sailors Join National Guard to Fight California Wildfires

Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron 373, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary Force, conduct aircraft familiarization at an Interagency improvised helicopter airfield near Coleville, Calif., Sept. 6, 2020. US Marine Corps Photo

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Marines and sailors deployed over the weekend to the frontlines of multi-agency firefighting efforts on the Creek fire, which has consumed more than 122 square miles in central California. Read More

Navy Could Need More Funding Waivers if CR Period Stretches

Navy Could Need More Funding Waivers if CR Period Stretches

An undated artist’s rendering of the planned Columbia-class submarine. Naval Sea Systems Command Image

While the Navy is focused on how a potential continuing resolution could affect the new Columbia-class submarine program, the service’s acquisition chief on Tuesday warned it would likely need additional spending waivers if a stopgap measure stretches longer than expected. Read More

Navy Using New Working Groups to Problem Solve Sustainment Issues

Navy Using New Working Groups to Problem Solve Sustainment Issues

Hull Maintenance Technician 2nd Class Joshua Espinoza, from Houston, welds a bulkhead on a weather deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) in Portsmouth, Va., on Aug. 7, 2020. US Navy Photo

As it works to improve sustainment efforts across its platforms and infrastructure, the Navy has formed new working groups to problem solve the issues contributing to its maintenance and sustainment woes. Read More

Navy: Norfolk Naval Shipyard CO Removed Over Poor On-Time Maintenance Rates

Navy: Norfolk Naval Shipyard CO Removed Over Poor On-Time Maintenance Rates

Capt. Kai Torkelson. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to include additional information from NAVSEA regarding who will take command of Norfolk Naval Shipyard next.

The commander of Norfolk Naval Shipyard has been relieved of duty related to the yard’s ongoing performance struggles in repairing and modernizing nuclear-powered submarines and aircraft carriers, officials told USNI News on Monday. Read More

Cleanup on USS Bonhomme Richard Continues as Ship's Fate Remains Unclear

Cleanup on USS Bonhomme Richard Continues as Ship’s Fate Remains Unclear

Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper reviews the damage from the July 12 fire on the USS Bonhomme Richard, docked at Naval Base San Diego, Calif., Sept. 18, 2020. DoD photo.

NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO, Calif. – USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) hasn’t moved from the pier-side spot where it caught fire on July 12 and burned for almost five days. The ship might not be moving anytime soon. Investigations into the fire have been extended until at least until December, USNI News understands, and with them any decisions about the fate of the ship.

Still, with the ship still hot enough to need cool air pumped inside, the crew has settled into a new normal, spending their duty rotations helping clear out the amphibious assault ship and offload equipment that can be salvaged and put back into the Navy supply system. Read More