Category Archives: U.S. Marine Corps

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Jan. 14, 2019

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Jan. 14, 2019

These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of Jan. 14, 2019, 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

Marine Task Force, USNS Stockham Team Up For Training, Engagements in Indo-Pacific

Marine Task Force, USNS Stockham Team Up For Training, Engagements in Indo-Pacific

U.S. Marines with Task Force Koa Moana (TF KM) conducts a night live fire exercise during the TF KM Mission Rehearsal Exercise at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. on July 19, 2018. US Marine Corps Photo

A task force of Marines and sailors recently deployed to islands in Oceania, assisted by a Navy maritime prepositioning cargo ship that added to the growing list of places where the Marine Corps stretched its global reach in 2018. Read More

MCPON, SMMC: Military Childcare is a Critical Readiness Issue

MCPON, SMMC: Military Childcare is a Critical Readiness Issue

Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Ronald Green and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Russell Smith speak to an audience at the Maritime Security Dialogue hosted by USNI at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Navy photo.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Navy and Marine Corps’ top non-commissioned officers say finding affordable childcare is critical to personnel retention. Read More

SECNAV Spencer Wants Navy to Manage Risk, Not Avoid it

SECNAV Spencer Wants Navy to Manage Risk, Not Avoid it

Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer speaks to sailors at Naval Support Activity Bahrain. on Dec. 18, 2018. US Navy Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Navy secretary wants to empower the workforce to fix problems and stretch their dollars further, even if it means taking on some risk, he said Tuesday. Read More

Navy Quietly Fires 20 Hyper Velocity Projectiles Through Destroyer’s Deckgun

Navy Quietly Fires 20 Hyper Velocity Projectiles Through Destroyer’s Deckgun

Guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG-105) transits the Pacific Ocean while underway in the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of operations. US Navy Photo

Last summer USS Dewey (DDG-105) fired 20 hyper velocity projectiles (HVP) from a standard Mk 45 5-inch deck gun in a quiet experiment that’s set to add new utility to the weapon found on almost every U.S. warship, officials familiar with the test have told USNI News. Read More

USS Fort McHenry Visits Romania While Russian Frigate Watches

USS Fort McHenry Visits Romania While Russian Frigate Watches

Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) pulls into Constanta, Romania, for a scheduled port visit, Jan. 7, 2019. Navy photo.

Amphibious warship USS Fort McHenry (LSD-43) pulled into Romanian port Constanta on Monday, in the first Black Sea visit by a U.S. Navy ship since Russian forces seized a trio of Ukrainian naval vessels in the region.

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2018 USNI News Fleet Tracker Year in Review

2018 USNI News Fleet Tracker Year in Review

Carriers USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) and USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) lead ships of their respective carrier strike groups as they transit the Philippine Sea on Nov. 16, 2018. US Navy Photo

These were the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world in 2018, based on Navy, public data and USNI News records. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the charts reflect the locations of the capital ship. Read More

Navy Tests 'Littoral Combat Group' Concept That Pairs DDG, LPD in South America Deployment

Navy Tests ‘Littoral Combat Group’ Concept That Pairs DDG, LPD in South America Deployment

Sailors man the rails aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) as the ship is underway off the coast of Valparaiso, Chile during a parade of ships, Dec. 2, 2018. Wayne E. Meyer is part of Littoral Combat Group One, which is deployed in support of the Enduring Promise Initiative to reaffirm U.S. Southern Command’s long standing commitment to the nations of the Western Hemisphere. US Navy photo.

The Navy deployed a new ship pairing – a destroyer (DDG-51) and an amphibious transport dock (LPD-17) – to test out a new concept that could supplement amphibious squadrons and surface action groups as a formation in future operations. Read More

Marines Flex Expeditionary Construction Skills by Rebuilding the 'Airport in the Sky'

Marines Flex Expeditionary Construction Skills by Rebuilding the ‘Airport in the Sky’

Catalina Runway 4/22, with the runway mostly cleared of the old asphalt. The existing taxiway (right) will be used as the temporary runway for limited flights until mid-April, when the new concrete runway built by Marines is expected to receive its first flight. Runway Photo by Glen Gustafson, courtesy of the Catalina Island Conservancy

This post has been updated to clarify comments from Cynthia Fogg on the role of the Navy’s Seabees in the process of rebuilding the runway.

Marines will deploy soon for a unique expeditionary mission: Three months on rugged Santa Catalina Island, off California’s coast, building a concrete runway at a small, cliff-top airport. Read More