Category Archives: U.S. Marine Corps

Randy Forbes is the Favorite for Trump's Secretary of the Navy

Randy Forbes is the Favorite for Trump’s Secretary of the Navy

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus speaks with Randy Forbes in Forbes' office on June 13, 2013. Forbes is the likely pick for a Trump administration Secretary of the Navy. US Navy Photos

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus speaks with Randy Forbes in Forbes’ office on June 13, 2013. Forbes is the likely pick for a Trump administration Secretary of the Navy. US Navy Photos

THE PENTAGON — An advocate for a 350-ship Navy and $20-billion annual shipbuilding budgets and a vocal opponent of Chinese aggression in the Western Pacific will likely be the pick for the next Secretary of the Navy in a Donald Trump Administration, USNI News has learned. Read More

F-35B In Training Squadron Experienced Fire In Weapons Bay; Investigation Ongoing

F-35B In Training Squadron Experienced Fire In Weapons Bay; Investigation Ongoing

Peter "Wizzer" Wilson and Maj. John Dirk arrive aboard USS America for STOVL DT-III, 28 October 2018. US Navy photo.

Two F-35B Joint Strike Fighters arrive aboard USS America for STOVL Developmental Test-III, 28 October 2016. US Navy photo.

An F-35B Joint Strike Fighter with the Marine Corps’ training squadron experienced a fire in its weapons bay during a training mission on Oct. 27, and the service is still investigating, according to a statement provided to USNI News. Read More

MAWTS-1 Advancing F-35B, Marine Aviation Operations For Future Fight

MAWTS-1 Advancing F-35B, Marine Aviation Operations For Future Fight

U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallions assigned to Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1) fly in formation during FINEX-3 near Yuma, Ariz., Oct. 22, 2016. FINEX-3 was part of Weapons Tactics Instructors (WTI) course 1-17, a seven week training event hosted by MAWTS-1 cadre which emphasizes operational integration of the six functions of Marine Corps aviation in support of a Marine Air Ground Task Force. MAWTS-1 provides standardized advanced tactical training and certification of unit instructor qualifications to support Marine aviation Training and Readiness and assists in developing and employing aviation weapons and tactics. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Andrew Huff)

U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallions assigned to Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1) fly in formation during FINEX-3 near Yuma, Ariz., Oct. 22, 2016. FINEX-3 was part of Weapons Tactics Instructors (WTI) course 1-17, a seven week training event hosted by MAWTS-1 cadre which emphasizes operational integration of the six functions of Marine Corps aviation in support of a Marine Air Ground Task Force. US Marine Corps photo.

This article is the second in a two-part series on the future of Marine Corps aviation. To read about how F-35B Joint Strike Fighter testers and operational pilots are preparing for the plane’s first deployment, please click this link.

YUMA, Ariz. – In a glimpse of what the future of Marine Corps aviation could bring, this fall F-35B Joint Strike Fighters were operating at long ranges with the MV-22 Osprey, passing information to other aircraft and to ground forces with tablets. Unmanned aerial vehicles provided intelligence, and precision rockets hit targets in dense urban areas.

At Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron-One (MAWTS-1) and its semi-annual Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) course, top aviators from around the fleet not only trained to high-end warfighting scenarios but also help advance tactics to keep up with real-world developments and conduct experiments with emerging technologies that could give Marines in the air and on the ground an edge on the battlefield. Read More

Marines Refining F-35B Operations, Maintenance At Sea During Final Developmental Test

Marines Refining F-35B Operations, Maintenance At Sea During Final Developmental Test

Peter "Wizzer" Wilson and Maj. John Dirk arrive aboard USS America for STOVL DT-III, 28 October 2016. US Navy photo.

Peter “Wizzer” Wilson and Maj. John Dirk arrive aboard USS America for STOVL DT-III, 28 October 2016. US Navy photo.

This article is the first in a two-part series on the future of Marine Corps aviation. To read about how MAWTS-1 is discovering how to best integrate the F-35B and other weapons systems for a high-end air fight, please click this link.

ABOARD USS AMERICA, OFF THE COAST OF CALIFORNIA – After years of testing to make sure the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter and its subsystems work as designed, the Marine Corps has a contingent of pilots and maintainers aboard USS America (LHA-6) now to ensure the new plane can operate from the amphibious ship, in a final test period ahead of next year’s first deployment. Read More

Marines Practice Expeditionary Advance Base Operations In Exercise Blue Chromite In Japan

Marines Practice Expeditionary Advance Base Operations In Exercise Blue Chromite In Japan

161031-N-XM324-095 WATERS OUTSIDE OKINAWA (Oct. 31, 2016) Marines, assigned to 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, attach a Humvee to a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter, assigned to the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, from the flight deck of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20) during Blue Chromite. Blue Chromite is a U.S.-only exercise, which strengthens the Navy-Marine Corps expeditionary, amphibious rapid-response capabilities based in Okinawa, Japan and the greater Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Patrick Dionne/Released)

Marines assigned to 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment attach a Humvee to a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter on the flight deck of amphibious transport dock USS Green Bay (LPD-20) on Oct. 31 during Blue Chromite. US Navy photo.

Amphibious forces in the Pacific practiced a “back to the future” tactic of seizing advance naval bases and conducting maneuver warfare during exercise Blue Chromite in Okinawa, Japan, exercise leaders told USNI News. Read More

Officials: Third Offset Strategy Key to Maintaining U.S. Military Technology Dominance

Officials: Third Offset Strategy Key to Maintaining U.S. Military Technology Dominance

Aircraft CF-02, an F-35 Lightning II Carrier Variant attached to the F-35 Pax River Integrated Test Force (ITF) assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 completes a flyover of the guided-missile destroyer USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000). US Navy Photo

Aircraft CF-02, an F-35 Lightning II Carrier Variant attached to the F-35 Pax River Integrated Test Force (ITF) assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 completes a flyover of the guided-missile destroyer USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000). US Navy Photo

The driving concept behind the Pentagon’s Third Offset Strategy comes down to : If we’re not changing, we’re losing to “pacing competitors” like Russia and China in conventional warfare. Read More

Marine Aviation Head Lists High-end Wants for MUX Program

Marine Aviation Head Lists High-end Wants for MUX Program

The Bell V-247 tiltrotor is an unmanned aerial system (UAS) that will combine the vertical lift capability of a helicopter with the speed and range of a conventional fixed-wing aircraft, and would provide long-endurance persistent expeditionary and surveillance and fires capabilities. Bell rendering.

The Bell V-247 tiltrotor is an unmanned aerial system (UAS) that will combine the vertical lift capability of a helicopter with the speed and range of a conventional fixed-wing aircraft, and would provide long-endurance persistent expeditionary and surveillance and fires capabilities. Bell rendering.

ARLINGTON, Va. – The head of Marine Corps aviation has big plans for the service’s planned large unmanned aerial vehicle set to enter the service in the next decade. Read More