PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Navy and the Marine Corps are studying installing a vertical launch system in its San Antonio class of amphibious warships that would allow the ships to field larger offensive missiles, service officials told USNI News this week. Read More
The following is the Sept. 29, 2016 Congressional Research Service report, U.S. Periods of War and Dates of Recent Conflicts. Read More
Amphibious transport dock USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19) is in Haiti today and amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) is en route to respond to the island nation that suffered infrastructure destruction from winds and flooding, a death toll of more than 1,000 and now a cholera outbreak after Hurricane Matthew made landfall last week. Read More
The following is Oct. 5, 2016 footage of U.S. Marine Corps MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopters assigned to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) 24 land aboard the amphibious transport dock USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19). Read More
MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. – The Department of the Navy is working with Congress to gain support and trust for prototyping and rapid fielding efforts that help the military keep up with evolving technologies and threats while balancing lawmakers’ need for oversight, the Navy’s acquisition chief told USNI News. Read More
More than 420 Marines on two Navy ships are preparing to head to the Caribbean if called upon to respond to Hurricane Matthew, and a portion of the Marine Corps unit working in Central America is already in Haiti. Read More
This post has been updated to correct the name of the Shoulder-launched Multipurpose Assault Weapon launcher Brig. Gen. Joseph Shrader refers to.
Marine Corps budgets in the coming years may be more focused on the company, platoon and squad levels, with the service trying to empower lower echelons that will operate with more independence in dispersed operations. Read More
The Marine Corps will resume AV-8B Harrier operations out of Japan this Friday, after a Sept. 22 crash led to a two-week stand-down to inspect the planes and review procedures. Read More
Lawmakers avoided a government shutdown by passing a continuing resolution Wednesday night to fund the government through Dec. 9. The Navy has planned for and can mitigate the effects of, as long as Congress passes a proper Fiscal Year 2017 budget by Dec. 9. Read More
This post has been updated with additional information from Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson.
After more than 200 years, the Navy is making a fundamental change in how it will address its enlisted sailors, according to a notification on the new policy obtained by USNI News. Read More