Category Archives: Surface Forces

Twenty Former Marine Generals Want More Money for Amphibs

Twenty Former Marine Generals Want More Money for Amphibs

USS Makin Island (LHD-8), alongside the dock landing ship USS Comstock (LSD-45), right, and the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD-22) on March 14, 2014. US Navy Photo

USS Makin Island (LHD-8), alongside the dock landing ship USS Comstock (LSD-45), right, and the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD-22) on March 14, 2014. US Navy Photo

A constellation of twenty former U.S. Marine Corps generals — including a former commandant —wrote Congress to “highlight concerns,” on the health of the U.S. Navy’s amphibious forces and are throwing their support behind extending the San Antonio-class (LPD-17) amphibious warship hull form beyond the Navy’s current plan of 11 ships.

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Navy and Marine Leaders Warn Senate Against Additional Budget Cuts

Navy and Marine Leaders Warn Senate Against Additional Budget Cuts

Secretary of the Navy RAy MAbus, Gen. James Amos and Adm. Jonathan Greenert before the Senate on March 12, 2014. US Navy Photo

Secretary of the Navy RAy MAbus, Gen. James Amos and Adm. Jonathan Greenert before the Senate on March 12, 2014. US Navy Photo

Budget constraints are forcing the U.S. Marine Corps, “to sacrifice long-term health for near-term readiness,” Marine commandant Gen. James Amos told the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee on Wednesday. Read More

Griffin Missile Reaches Initial At Sea Operating Capability

Griffin Missile Reaches Initial At Sea Operating Capability

Testing of the Mk-60 Patrol Costal Griffin Missile System. US Navy Image.

Testing of the Mk-60 Patrol Costal Griffin Missile System. US Navy Image.

The missile the U.S. Navy plans to use in early versions of the Littoral Combat Ship surface warfare mission package and on Cyclone class patrol craft has reached initial operating capability (IOC) for its first use at sea, missile maker Raytheon announced Tuesday. Read More

How Taiwan Would Defend Against a Chinese Attack

How Taiwan Would Defend Against a Chinese Attack

Taiwanese troops following an undated exercise.

Taiwanese troops following an undated exercise.

On March 6, Taiwan’s Minister of National Defense Yen Ming told the national legislature’s Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee the country’s military could hold out “at least one month” alone against a Chinese invasion. Read More

U.S. Navy Sends Underwater Sonar Robot in Search for Missing Malaysian Airliner

U.S. Navy Sends Underwater Sonar Robot in Search for Missing Malaysian Airliner

A Bluefin-21 autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) in operation. The U.S. Navy is sending a similar AUV to aid in the search for the missing Malaysian Airliner. Bluefin Robotics Photo

A Bluefin-21 autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) in operation. The U.S. Navy is sending a similar AUV to aid in the search for the missing Malaysian Airliner. Bluefin Robotics Photo

The U.S. Navy is sending a sonar equipped underwater robot as part of its search efforts for the missing Flight 370 Malaysian Airlines 777 plane, service officials told USNI News Monday afternoon. Read More

Document: Report to Congress on Marine Corps' Next Amphibious Vehicle

Document: Report to Congress on Marine Corps’ Next Amphibious Vehicle

An amphibious assault vehicle (AAV) exits the well deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD-50). US Navy Photo

An amphibious assault vehicle (AAV) exits the well deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD-50). US Navy Photo

The following is the March, 19 2014 Congressional Research Service report, Marine Corps Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) and Marine Personnel Carrier (MPC): Background and Issues for Congress.

On January 6, 2011, after spending approximately $3 billion in developmental funding, the Marine Corps cancelled the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV) program due to poor reliability demonstrated during operational testing and excessive cost growth. Read More