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Sea Services: More Assertive Posture Against China Will Require Presence, Strong Alliances

Sea Services: More Assertive Posture Against China Will Require Presence, Strong Alliances

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.
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New U.S. Maritime Strategy Sets Sights on China

New U.S. Maritime Strategy Sets Sights on China

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

Future Destroyer Daniel Inouye Begins Builder's Trials, After Nearly Two-Year Gap In Trials For BIW Ships

Future Destroyer Daniel Inouye Begins Builder’s Trials, After Nearly Two-Year Gap In Trials For BIW Ships

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

Marine Corps to Begin Gender Integrated Training at San Diego Boot Camp

Marine Corps to Begin Gender Integrated Training at San Diego Boot Camp

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

Naval Medical Center San Diego Gets Service's First COVID-19 Vaccines

Naval Medical Center San Diego Gets Service’s First COVID-19 Vaccines

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

Marine Infantry Training Shifts From 'Automaton' to Thinkers, as School Adds Chess to the Curriculum

Marine Infantry Training Shifts From ‘Automaton’ to Thinkers, as School Adds Chess to the Curriculum

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

Makin Island ARG, 15th MEU Operating in the Indian Ocean, Likely Headed to the Middle East

Makin Island ARG, 15th MEU Operating in the Indian Ocean, Likely Headed to the Middle East

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