Category Archives: U.S. Marine Corps

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Sept. 30, 2019

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Sept. 30, 2019

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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 Sept. 30, 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

Pentagon Sees Military Suicide Rates Continue to Rise

Pentagon Sees Military Suicide Rates Continue to Rise

Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Adriana Ramirez, attached to U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19), attends a candlelight vigil in observance of Suicide Prevention month in 2018. US Navy Photo

THE PENTAGON – The suicide rate among active-duty military personnel has been steadily increasing by an average of 6 percent a year during the past five years, according to a new Department of Defense report released Thursday. Read More

Navy, Marines Rethinking How to Build Future Fleet with Unmanned, Expeditionary Ships

Navy, Marines Rethinking How to Build Future Fleet with Unmanned, Expeditionary Ships

USS America (LHA-6) transits the Pacific Ocean near Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) in 2018. US Navy

THE PENTAGON – Though the Navy had already advertised it was updating its desired fleet size and composition, after a 2016 effort pegged the future fleet at 355 ships, the service is now taking an even bigger step: working on an Integrated Naval Force Structure Assessment that also includes emerging unmanned and expeditionary platforms to support new concepts of warfare, according to a memo signed by the chief of naval operations and commandant of the Marine Corps. Read More

Pentagon's Non-Lethal Weapons Office Pushing Gray-Zone Warfare Tools

Pentagon’s Non-Lethal Weapons Office Pushing Gray-Zone Warfare Tools

An Active Denial System from the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate is staged before conducting a counter personnel demo during Weapons and Tactics Instructor course (WTI) 2-17 at Site 50, Wellton, Ariz. on April 4, 2017. US Marine Corps Photo

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. – The Pentagon’s Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate is hoping to reframe the talk about non-lethal weapons amid a push by the Defense Department to boost lethality for high-end warfare. Read More

USS George H.W. Bush CO Acknowledges String of Suicides

USS George H.W. Bush CO Acknowledges String of Suicides

Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) grieve at a memorial service for Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Fuel) Airman Juan G. Medina Reynaga on Sept. 18, 2019. US Navy Photo

Three sailors from USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) took their lives last week, the ship’s commanding officer confirmed to the crew and community in a Facebook post late Monday. Read More

Navy, Marines Practice 'Littoral Combat Force' Construct in Alaska

Navy, Marines Practice ‘Littoral Combat Force’ Construct in Alaska

U.S. Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron 371 set up at a forward arming and refueling point (FARP) as a CH-53E from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361 flies overhead during Arctic Expeditionary Capabilities Exercise (AECE) in Adak, Alaska on Sept. 18, 2019. US Marine Corps Photo

This post has been updated to include additional comments from U.S. 3rd Fleet.

The Navy and Marine Corps recently used a new Littoral Combat Force concept to command and control units spread over 2.2 million square miles of land and sea, in the latest demonstration of what a future operation near and on the shore might look like. Read More

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Sept. 23, 2019

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Sept. 23, 2019

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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 Sept. 23, 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