Category Archives: U.S. Marine Corps

USS Carl Vinson Conducts V-22 Operations For Deck Crew, Pilot Familiarization

USS Carl Vinson Conducts V-22 Operations For Deck Crew, Pilot Familiarization

An MV-22B Osprey from Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron 1 lifts off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) on June 12, 2016. US Navy photo.

An MV-22B Osprey from Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron 1 lifts off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) on June 12, 2016. US Navy photo.

The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) got an early start preparing for the carrier onboard delivery (COD) transition from the C-2 Greyhound to the V-22 Osprey, with the ship’s crew bringing in the tiltrotor aircraft to participate in the command assessment of readiness and training (CARAT) II basic training event. Read More

Marine Corps Warfighting Lab To Test New Utility Tactical Vehicle During RIMPAC

Marine Corps Warfighting Lab To Test New Utility Tactical Vehicle During RIMPAC

Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert Neller discusses the MRZR Tactical Warfighter all-terrain vehicle at Stone Bay, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 17, 2016. Neller toured Marine Special Operations Command facilities, observed their equipment, and met with Marine Raiders. US Marine Corps photo.

Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert Neller discusses the MRZR Tactical Warfighter all-terrain vehicle at Stone Bay, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 17, 2016. Neller toured Marine Special Operations Command facilities, observed their equipment, and met with Marine Raiders. US Marine Corps photo.

The Marines conducting an extensive series of experiments during the upcoming Rim of the Pacific international maritime exercises will be the first in the Corps to test a new small tactical vehicle intended to provide better mobility for ground units engaged in distributed operations. Read More

U.S. Marines Amass Forces, Prepositioned Gear For Saber Strike 16 With NATO Allies

U.S. Marines Amass Forces, Prepositioned Gear For Saber Strike 16 With NATO Allies

A fleet of military vehicles wait pier side in preparation of Exercise Saber Strike 16 in Riga, Latvia, June 4, 2016. The vehicles were transported by a British Roll-On, Roll-Off ship from Norway for the exercise. US Marine Corps photo.

A fleet of military vehicles wait pier side in preparation of Exercise Saber Strike 16 in Riga, Latvia, June 4, 2016. The vehicles were transported by a British Roll-On, Roll-Off ship from Norway for the exercise. US Marine Corps photo.

Ground forces from 13 nations are rehearsing in Latvia and Estonia amassing a large-scale force for a future crisis – from loading prepositioned equipment from caves in Norway onto a ship, to organizing the force in theater, to launching an assault. Read More

Opinion: Expanding the Distributed Lethality Web

Opinion: Expanding the Distributed Lethality Web

An F-35B Lightning II takes off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1) on May 25, 2015. US Navy Photo

An F-35B Lightning II takes off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1) on May 25, 2015. US Navy Photo

The U.S. Navy’s Aegis Weapon System revolutionized fleet air defense at the height of the Cold War. The 1983 commissioning of the first Aegis guided missile cruiser USS Ticonderoga (CG-47) and the 26 cruisers that followed provided the Navy with unrivaled capability at a time when an expansionist Soviet navy was bent on challenging the United States on the world’s oceans. Read More

Document: USMC Letter To Rep. Dingell Regarding Private Siddiqui's Death at Parris Island

Document: USMC Letter To Rep. Dingell Regarding Private Siddiqui’s Death at Parris Island

Recruits of Golf Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, climb over a wall during the obstacle course Feb. 25, 2013 on Parris Island. US Marine Corps photo.

Recruits of Golf Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, climb over a wall during the obstacle course Feb. 25, 2013 on Parris Island. US Marine Corps photo.

The following is a response from Headquarters U.S. Marine Corps to Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI), who in April inquired about the investigations that have taken place since Marine Corps Private Raheel Siddiqui died March 18 at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island. The letter, signed by Legislative Assistant to the Commandant of the Marine Corps Brig. Gen. David Furness, notes that the commanding officer of the Recruit Training Regiment was relieved of duty yesterday due to a loss of trust and confidence in his ability to perform that job. Read More

Marines' CH-53K Lifts 20,000-Pound External Load As Tests Progress Ahead Of Schedule

Marines’ CH-53K Lifts 20,000-Pound External Load As Tests Progress Ahead Of Schedule

The U.S. Marine Corps' newest helicopter, the CH-53K, completed its first external load flight test carrying a 20,000 lb. load May 26 at Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation's Development Flight Center in West Palm Beach, Fla. Sikorsky photo.

The U.S. Marine Corps’ newest helicopter, the CH-53K, completed its first external load flight test carrying a 20,000 lb. load May 26 at Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation’s Development Flight Center in West Palm Beach, Fla. Sikorsky photo.

The Marine Corps is advancing through its test plan for the Sikorsky CH-53K heavy lift helicopter faster than previously planned, with the service successfully carrying a 20,000-pound load externally for the first time on May 26. Read More

Interview: Ingalls President Brian Cuccias Discusses LPD Future, DDG Program Restart

Interview: Ingalls President Brian Cuccias Discusses LPD Future, DDG Program Restart

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Ship Sponsor Bonnie Amos christens the amphibious transport dock Portland (LPD 27) on May 21, 2016, accompanied by (left to right) U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Christopher Owens, director of the U.S. Navy’s expeditionary warfare division; Capt. Jeremy Hill, prospective commanding officer, Portland; Ted Waller, a World War II veteran who served on the first USS Portland (CA 33); and Brian Cuccias, president of Ingalls Shipbuilding. Huntington Ingalls Industries photo.

In a precarious time for warship builders – when the Navy predicts a frigate downselect will force one of seven major U.S. warship builders out of business and most of the others depend on just one or two Navy contracts – business at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Mississippi is booming. Ten ships across four ship classes are under construction today, and the yard is looking forward to competing in several upcoming competitions with the Navy and Coast Guard.

Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias sat down with USNI News this month at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Exposition 2016 to talk about business at the yard. Read More

Paxton: Marines Must Prepare Manning Level, Partnerships Now For Next Conflict

Paxton: Marines Must Prepare Manning Level, Partnerships Now For Next Conflict

U.S. Marines with 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment , Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Crisis Response Central Command 16.2, participate in a live fire range during Exercise Eager Lion 16 at King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center, Kingdom of Jordan on May 17, 2016. US Marine Corps Photo

U.S. Marines with 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment , Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Crisis Response Central Command 16.2, participate in a live fire range during Exercise Eager Lion 16 at King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center, Kingdom of Jordan on May 17, 2016. US Marine Corps Photo

The Marine Corps needs to push the envelope now during a so-called inter-war period – pursuing better technology, tighter international partnerships, higher manpower levels – to be ready whenever and wherever the next war breaks out, the assistant commandant of the Marine Corps said this week at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Exposition 2016. Read More