Category Archives: U.S. Marine Corps

Navy Prioritizes Boosting Capability Above Growing Fleet Capacity; Stresses Innovation

Navy Prioritizes Boosting Capability Above Growing Fleet Capacity; Stresses Innovation

Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG-81) on April 6, 2018. US Navy Photo

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – The Navy is emphasizing the development of technologies that can rapidly increase the capability of today’s force, but they are finding this drive for innovation must also come with enough structure to keep high-risk and high-reward programs on track.

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Navy, Marine Corps Must Now Account for Logistics in Exercises, Wargames

Navy, Marine Corps Must Now Account for Logistics in Exercises, Wargames

Logistics Specialist 3rd Class Edna Serna logs supplies received for the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76). US Navy photo.

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – Future Navy and Marine Corps war games and exercises will include delivering supplies and personnel to contested environments with the goal of gaining an understanding of how using logistics wins fights. Read More

Recent Fatal Navy, Marine Aviation Crashes Are Symptoms of Overworked Forces, Officials Say

Recent Fatal Navy, Marine Aviation Crashes Are Symptoms of Overworked Forces, Officials Say

A U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 162, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) prepares to takeoff while transiting the Bab al-Mandeb Strait aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7), April 1, 2018. US Marine Corps Photo

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Investigations into a recent string of fatal aviation mishaps across the joint force are ongoing, but Navy and Marine Corps leaders said the spate of events clearly points to an overworked force, two officers told USNI News this morning.

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Sikorsky Eyes International Customers for CH-53K King Stallion Heavy Lift Helo

Sikorsky Eyes International Customers for CH-53K King Stallion Heavy Lift Helo

U.S. Marine Corps pilots maneuver a CH-53K King Stallion as it delivers a 12,000-pound external load after completing a 110 nautical mile mission during the two-week initial operational test (OT-B1) conducted at Sikorsky. Sikorsky photo.

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – With the CH-53K King Stallion on track to be declared ready for U.S. Marine Corps operations in 2019, builder Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. is now eyeing future international customers.

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USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: April 9, 2018

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: April 9, 2018

USNI News Graphic

The USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker is sponsored by CNA. These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of April 9, 2018, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the map reflects the location of the capital ship. Read More

Air Operations in Djibouti Halted, Amphibious Exercise Canceled After 2 Marine Aviation Crashes on April 3

Air Operations in Djibouti Halted, Amphibious Exercise Canceled After 2 Marine Aviation Crashes on April 3

A Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 162 (Reinforced), lands aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) in Mediterranean Sea during exercise Juniper Cobra 2018. US Marine Corps photo.

This post has been updated to include additional information from U.S. Naval Forces Central Command.

All U.S. military air operations in Djibouti are on hold and an exercise taking place in and around Djibouti has been canceled following two aviation mishaps on Tuesday. Read More

NAVSEA Picks Swiftships LLC to Design, Build LCU Replacement in $18M Contract Award

NAVSEA Picks Swiftships LLC to Design, Build LCU Replacement in $18M Contract Award

Landing Craft Utility (LCU) 1656 approaches the well deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51) on Oct. 5, 2017, in the Caribbean Sea. The Department of Defense is supporting the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the lead federal agency, in helping those affected by Hurricane Maria to minimize suffering and is one component of the overall whole-of-government response effort. US Navy Photo

The Navy awarded Louisiana-based Swiftships, LLC an $18-million contract for the detail design and construction of the first Landing Craft Utility (LCU-1700) surface connector, a program that has seen both timeline acceleration efforts and some slow-downs over the past two years. Read More

Marine Commander in Southwest Afghanistan Strikes Optimistic Tone on Progress in Fight Against Taliban

Marine Commander in Southwest Afghanistan Strikes Optimistic Tone on Progress in Fight Against Taliban

A U.S. Marine with Task Force Southwest (TFSW) provides security for Marine advisors during an advising mission with 1st Brigade, Afghan National Army (ANA) 215th Corps as the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces conduct Operation Maiwand 12 at Camp Shorserack, Afghanistan, March 12, 2018. US Marine Corps Photo

A recently returned U.S. commander in Afghanistan gave an optimistic assessment of the combined progress of U.S. and Afghan forces against the Taliban. Read More