Category Archives: U.S. Marine Corps

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

Future Navy, Marine Corps Acquisition Will Challenge Cost Estimates, Sustainment Models

Future Navy, Marine Corps Acquisition Will Challenge Cost Estimates, Sustainment Models

U.S. Marines Lance Cpl. Jason D. Launder, left, an avionics technician and Cpl. Noe L. Munoz, a collateral duty inspector, both with Marine Attack Squadron 311, troubleshoot and replace the landing gear system on an AV-8B Harrier. US Marine Corps Photo

U.S. Marines Lance Cpl. Jason D. Launder, left, an avionics technician and Cpl. Noe L. Munoz, a collateral duty inspector, both with Marine Attack Squadron 311, troubleshoot and replace the landing gear system on an AV-8B Harrier. US Marine Corps Photo

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – Future weapons acquisition will have to grapple with several challenges as the Navy replaces legacy systems with new ones that may accomplish a mission in drastically different ways –comparing total ownership costs of dissimilar systems, predicting how the fleet may employ these innovative concepts, and building in some agility to react when predictions don’t pan out, Navy leaders said Wednesday at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Exposition 2016. Read More

Navy, Marines Catching Up to Maintenance Needs of MV-22s and H-1 Helos

Navy, Marines Catching Up to Maintenance Needs of MV-22s and H-1 Helos

UH-1Y Venom. Bell Photo

UH-1Y Venom. Bell Photo

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The senior officer responsible for 40 percent of the aircraft in the Navy and Marine Corps inventory said because “there was a real-world need” for MV-22 Osprey and newer AH-1Z Viper and UH-1Y Venom helicopters, the Department of the Navy is just now catching up on maintenance of the fleet. Read More

UPDATED: Ash Carter Says House Defense Bill ‘Gambling With Warfighting Money,’ Path to Hollow Force

UPDATED: Ash Carter Says House Defense Bill ‘Gambling With Warfighting Money,’ Path to Hollow Force

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter speaks with reporters at theU.S. Air Force Academy after touring the campus in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 12, 2016. DoD Photo

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter speaks with reporters at theU.S. Air Force Academy after touring the campus in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 12, 2016. DoD Photo

This post has been updated with a statement from the Senate Armed Services Committee.

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – Defense Secretary Ashton Carter says the House version of the Defense Authorization bill to shift money from emergency war spending to the base budget is gimmickry that is “gambling with warfighting money at a time of war.” Read More