Category Archives: U.S. Marine Corps

Bomb Cyclone Shuts Hampton Roads Maritime Traffic

Bomb Cyclone Shuts Hampton Roads Maritime Traffic

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration GOES-16 satellite caught a dramatic view of the bomb cyclone moving up the East Coast on Jan. 4, 2017. NOAA Photo

A quarter billion dollars of commerce halted Wednesday night and Thursday as Hampton Roads — entry to the Chesapeake Bay — was closed by the Coast Guard, a move spurred by high winds and blizzard conditions on the water.

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USS Wasp Stops in Pearl Harbor; Nearing New Homeport of Sasebo, Japan

USS Wasp Stops in Pearl Harbor; Nearing New Homeport of Sasebo, Japan

USS Wasp (LHD 1) arrives at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for a schedule port visit on Dec. 28, 2017. Wasp is transiting to Sasebo, Japan to conduct a turnover with the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) as the forward-deployed flagship of the amphibious forces in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. US Navy photo.

Amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1) arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for a final port visit on Dec. 28, ahead of making the final leg of the voyage to the ship’s new home in Japan. Read More

Top Stories 2017: Marine Corps Operations

Top Stories 2017: Marine Corps Operations

USNI News polled its writers, naval analysts and service members on what they consider the most important military and maritime stories in 2017.

The following is part of a series. Please also see Top Stories 2017: Navy AcquisitionInternational AcquisitionNavy OperationsMarine Corps and Coast Guard AcquisitionInternational Operations and New Administration

For the Marine Corps, 2017 represented a major step towards achieving the vision of future operations it laid out in last year’s Marine Corps Operating Concept. It deployed its F-35B Joint Strike Fighter around the globe, sent the first-in-class USS America (LHA-6) on its maiden deployment to the Pacific and the Middle East, and conducted a massive amount of experimentation to understand the technologies, skills and procedures the service would need to fight and win in the future.

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Seasons Greetings from the Navy and Marine Corps

Seasons Greetings from the Navy and Marine Corps

Santa Claus, commanding officer of Holiday Cheer, Northpolecom, conducts basic swim qualifications at Camp Pendleton, Calif., Dec. 19, 2017. Claus and all operational reindeer must pass the qualifications every two years to maintain their water survival skills. US Marine Corps photo.

Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Steven Giordano offered messages of thanks, support and wishes for a happy 2018 in their holiday videos. Read More

French Amphib Participates in Alligator Dagger off Djibouti; First Year France Included in Exercise

French Amphib Participates in Alligator Dagger off Djibouti; First Year France Included in Exercise

U.S. Marines with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit and French Navy sailors offload from a French landing catamaran at Arta Beach, Djibouti, while conduction amphibious training during Alligator Dagger. US Marine Corps photo.

About 1,000 sailors and Marines from the United States and France trained together in the annual Alligator Dagger amphibious exercise, in the first time France has been brought into the unilateral exercise off the coast of Djibouti.

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2 Marine UAV Operators Earn First Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with New 'Remote Impact' Device

2 Marine UAV Operators Earn First Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with New ‘Remote Impact’ Device

Sgt. Ethan Mintus, an unmanned aerial system (UAS) operator with Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 3 (VMU-3), shakes hands with Lt. Col. Kenneth Phelps, the commanding officer of VMU-3, after receiving an award during a ceremony at Hangar 103, Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, Dec. 11, 2017. Mintus was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with the newly authorized Remote Impact (“R”) Device alongside Sgt. Joseph Latsch, a fellow UAS operator with VMU-3, for their performance during combat operations. US Marine Corps photo.

Two Marine Corps unmanned aerial system (UAS) operators last week became the first in the service to earn the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with the new Remote Impact (“R”) Device. Read More