Category Archives: U.S. Marine Corps

Navy Wants Small Bump in End Strength; Marines Shrink Slightly

Navy Wants Small Bump in End Strength; Marines Shrink Slightly

Marines assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU) embark the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD-3). Navy photo

The Navy is asking for a modest increase in force size for Fiscal Year 2021 while the Marine Corps is asking for a small reduction, according to the Department of the Navy’s budget request. Read More

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Feb. 10, 2020

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Feb. 10, 2020

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These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of Feb. 10, 2020, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the chart reflects the location of the capital ship. Read More

Leidos Awarded $7.7B for Next Generation Navy, Marine Data Networks, NMCI Refresh

Leidos Awarded $7.7B for Next Generation Navy, Marine Data Networks, NMCI Refresh

Pfc. Alec Rivera, a cyber-network specialist with Headquarters Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, works on a computer during a command post exercise at Camp Lejeune, N.C., Feb. 2, 2016. US Marine Corps Photo

THE PENTAGON – In a move that aims to overhaul the Department of the Navy’s dated information technology infrastructure, the Navy awarded defense company Leidos a contract worth up to $7.7 billion to overhaul several data networks, the Pentagon announced on Wednesday. Read More

Navy, Marines Prioritizing Manning, Maintenance After Fatal Pacific Mishaps

Navy, Marines Prioritizing Manning, Maintenance After Fatal Pacific Mishaps

Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 (Reinforced) conduct maintenance on an MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft atop the flight deck aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1), Philippine Sea, Jan. 26, 2019. VMM-262 (Rein.) is the Aviation Combat Element for the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. US Marine Corps photo.

CAPITOL HILL – Manning and maintenance considerations are driving conversations about Navy and Marine Corps operations, as the two sea services rebuild readiness in the aftermath of fatal ship collisions and aircraft crashes in recent years. Read More

F-35Cs Arrive at Miramar as Marines Prepare First Carrier Squadron

F-35Cs Arrive at Miramar as Marines Prepare First Carrier Squadron

U.S Marine Corps Lt. Col. Cedar L. Hinton, commanding officer of Marine Wing Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 314, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), lands VMFA-314’s first F-35C Lightning II on Marine Air Station Miramar, Calif., Jan. 21, 2020. Marine Corps photo

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — The Marine Corps’ first squadron of F-35C Joint Strike Fighters will reach an initial operating capability next month ahead of future carrier deployments, officials said Friday.

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