Category Archives: Surface Forces

DSEI: U.K. Crafting New Command and Control Regime as Royal Navy Grows

DSEI: U.K. Crafting New Command and Control Regime as Royal Navy Grows

HMS Queen Elizabeth conducting a Replenishment At Sea with RFA Tideforce on Sept. 8, 2019. Royal Navy Photo

LONDON — The Royal Navy’s metamorphosis from a provider of lone warships to the world’s maritime hotspots into a service deploying carrier strike and amphibious task groups will be accompanied by an equally significant transformation in command and control (C2), according to the U.K.’s surface fleet commander. Read More

How to Seize Islands, Set Up a Forward Refueling Point: Marine Corps Recipes for Expeditionary Operations

How to Seize Islands, Set Up a Forward Refueling Point: Marine Corps Recipes for Expeditionary Operations

A Marine with Echo Company, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, posts security during a simulated airfield seizure after a long-range raid from the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) at Ie Shima Training Facility, Okinawa, Japan, Aug. 12, 2019. US Marine Corps photo.

The U.S. Marine Corps has been refining a pair of related concepts, Expeditionary Advance Base Operations (EABO) and the overarching Littoral Operations in a Contested Environment, for the past couple years. Read More

Escorts Deploy Without USS Harry S. Truman as East Coast Carrier Shortage Persists

Escorts Deploy Without USS Harry S. Truman as East Coast Carrier Shortage Persists

USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75), front, and the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG-60) transit the Atlantic Ocean on July 18, 2019. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to include additional information.

Surface escorts from the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group left their homeports today to kick off an overseas deployment.

Aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) did not. Read More

Navy: USS Montgomery Showcasing LCS Abilities During WESTPAC Deployment

Navy: USS Montgomery Showcasing LCS Abilities During WESTPAC Deployment

A Royal Malaysian Navy service member stands by for the Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Montgomery (LCS-8) to depart the Port of Lumut Base Jetty U.S. Air Force photo

With a shallow draft and a forward-deployed maintenance team, USS Montgomery (LCS-8) is demonstrating how Littoral Combat Ships can extend the Navy’s reach in the Western Pacific, the ship’s commander said on Wednesday.

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New U.S. 7th Fleet Commander Takes Charge

New U.S. 7th Fleet Commander Takes Charge

Vice Adm. Bill Merz delivers remarks to the audience during the change of command ceremony for Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet at the Fleet Theater on board Yokosuka Naval Base on Sept. 12, 2019. US Navy Photo


Vice Adm. Bill Merz formally took command of U.S. 7th Fleet on Thursday in a ceremony in Yokosuka, Japan. Read More

DSEI: New Carriers Sparking Royal Navy Renaissance

DSEI: New Carriers Sparking Royal Navy Renaissance

HMS Queen Elizabeth sailing from her home in Portsmouth on Feb. 2, 2019. U.K. MoD Photo

LONDON — The Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers and F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters are spearheading a revival of British sea power unparalleled since the end of the Second World War, the country’s top admiral said on Tuesday. Read More

Scores of Well-Meaning Aviators Clogging Skies Over the Bahamas as Dorian Victims Struggle

Scores of Well-Meaning Aviators Clogging Skies Over the Bahamas as Dorian Victims Struggle

A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew surveys the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas on Sept. 7, 2019. US Coast Guard Photo

NASSAU, THE BAHAMAS — With 700 islands spread over 180,000 square miles of bright blue ocean, it’s difficult to imagine the airspace over the Bahamas becoming crowded. But so many U.S. military, government, private and other aircraft have flown to the rescue in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian that the skies are “tight,” according to one Coast Guard pilot. Read More

USS Bataan, 26 MEU Join Coast Guard for Aid Mission in the Bahamas a Week After Dorian

USS Bataan, 26 MEU Join Coast Guard for Aid Mission in the Bahamas a Week After Dorian

Coast Guardsman passes water to those affected by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas on Sept. 8, 2019. Coast Guard Photo

Due to source error, the post was updated to reflect the current number of Army and Navy helicopters operating in The Bahamas.

THE PENTAGON – Over the weekend, amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD-5) joined the international effort delivering supplies, transporting U.S. relief personnel and providing medical evacuations from the Bahamas a week after Hurricane Dorian slammed into the island nation. Read More