Category Archives: Surface Forces

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Aug. 13, 2018

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Aug. 13, 2018

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The USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker is sponsored by CNA. These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of Aug. 13, 2018, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the map reflects the location of the capital ship. Read More

Search Underway in Sulu Sea for Marine Missing from USS Essex

Search Underway in Sulu Sea for Marine Missing from USS Essex

The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) maneuvers into position to conduct a fueling-at-sea with Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47) during an amphibious squadron and Marine expeditionary unit (MEU) integration (PMINT) exercise. US Navy photo.

A search is ongoing in the Sulu Sea for a 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Marine assigned to USS Essex (LHD-2) who has been missing for almost two days. Read More

Iwo Jima ARG, 26th MEU Return Home From 6-Month Deployment to 5th, 6th Fleets

Iwo Jima ARG, 26th MEU Return Home From 6-Month Deployment to 5th, 6th Fleets

U.S. Marines with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) prepare to land at Marine Corps Air Station New River, Aug. 5, 2018. Marines with the 26th MEU returned home from a six-month deployment at sea to the U.S. Central, Africa and European Command areas of operation. US Marine Corps photos.

USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) and its amphibious ready group returned home on Thursday, concluding a six-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and U.S. 6th Fleet areas of operations in the Mediterranean and Persian Gulf.

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Chile's Rise Through RIMPAC Ranks Has Shaped Armada Operations at Home

Chile’s Rise Through RIMPAC Ranks Has Shaped Armada Operations at Home

Canadian Lt. Col. Ray Townsend, Commander, Task Group (CTG) 172.1, middle, speaks with Chilean Navy Rear Admiral Pablo Niemann Figari, Combined Forces Maritime Component Commander, left, during a tour of CTG-172.1 Mobile Tactical Operations Center (MTOC) on Marine Corps Base Hawaii during the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2018 exercise. US Navy Photo

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, HAWAII – Chile’s unlikely rise to leadership at the Rim of the Pacific biennial international exercise has allowed its naval officers to bring back an array of lessons learned to the Armada de Chile, which deals with a unique set of challenges. Read More

VIDEO: RIMPAC Showcases the Evolution, Expansion of Australia's Amphibious Force

VIDEO: RIMPAC Showcases the Evolution, Expansion of Australia’s Amphibious Force

A CH-53E Super Stallion takes off the flight deck of the Royal Australian Navy landing helicopter dock ship HMAS Adelaide (L01) during an amphibious demonstration as part of the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise, July 29. US Navy photo.

ABOARD HMAS ADELAIDE, OFF THE COAST OF HAWAII – Australia’s amphibious force was a breakout star of the Rim of the Pacific 2018 exercise, being thrust into visible leadership role when the U.S. Navy’s amphibious assault ship suffered mechanical failures and remained pierside for most of the at-sea exercise. Read More

DoD Official: U.S. Committed to Countering Chinese Military Intimidation in South East Asia

DoD Official: U.S. Committed to Countering Chinese Military Intimidation in South East Asia

A naval soldier of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) views through a pair of binoculars onboard China’s first aircraft carrier Liaoning as it visits a military harbor on the South China Sea. Xinhua Photo

While revoking China’s invitation from the Rim of the Pacific 2018 maritime exercises was a symbolic move, it sent a signal that the United States is willing to confront Beijing and maintain American leadership in the Western Pacific, the top Pentagon official for the region said Tuesday. Read More