Category Archives: U.S. Marine Corps

Report: U.S. Shoulders Steep Price to Protect Merchant Ships in Strait Of Hormuz

Report: U.S. Shoulders Steep Price to Protect Merchant Ships in Strait Of Hormuz

USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) transits the Strait of Hormuz on May 7, 2019. US Navy Photo

The Navy pays a steep price keeping an aircraft carrier with escorts on station to deter attacks on oil tanker traffic operating in and around the Persian Gulf as part of the United States’ “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran, according to a new report. The ongoing carrier operations in the region are not only pricey for the U.S. Navy but also creates the potential to disrupt energy markets if a confrontation escalates. Read More

Boxer ARG, 11th MEU Wrap Up 5th, 7th Fleet Deployment

Boxer ARG, 11th MEU Wrap Up 5th, 7th Fleet Deployment

Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD-4) secure a CH-53E Super Stallion attached to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 163 (reinforced) to the portside elevator during Tiger Strike 2019. Oct. 5, 2019. US Navy Photo

After an eight-month deployment to the Middle East and Indo-Pacific, one thing the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit won’t offload this week is a platoon of M1A1 Abrams main battle tanks. Read More

Retired Rear Adm. Kenneth Braithwaite Tapped to be Next SECNAV

Retired Rear Adm. Kenneth Braithwaite Tapped to be Next SECNAV

Kenneth Braithwaite, the U.S. ambassador to Norway, arrives aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) Nov. 15, 2018, in the port of Oslo, Norway after participating in Trident Juncture 2018. Navy photo

THE PENTAGON – President Donald Trump announced his intention to nominate retired Rear Adm. Kenneth Braithwaite, the current U.S. ambassador to Norway, to be the next secretary of the Navy.

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SECDEF Esper Says SECNAV Spencer Ousted For Going Outside Chain Of Command

SECDEF Esper Says SECNAV Spencer Ousted For Going Outside Chain Of Command

Former Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer, right, with Secretary of Defense Mark Esper at the U.S. Naval Academy. Navy photo.

This post has been updated with statements from former SECNAV Richard V. Spencer made to CBS News.

THE PENTAGON – Richard V. Spencer, former secretary of the Navy, was fired because it became clear his conversations inside the Pentagon did not match what he secretly discussed with White House officials, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said Monday morning.

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Marines At Sea Leaning on 3D Print-to-Order Parts to Stay in the Fight

Marines At Sea Leaning on 3D Print-to-Order Parts to Stay in the Fight

Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Brandon Ballantyne, the communications maintenance chief with Combat Logistics Battalion 11, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), holds some items that he has 3-D printed aboard the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS John P. Murtha (LPD-26). US Marine Corps Photo

When a sniper platoon needed a bunch of caps to protect the spotting scopes of their high-dollar, highly-calibrated rifles, a small team of Marines aboard amphibious warship USS John P. Murtha (LPD-26) got to work. Read More

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Nov. 25, 2019

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Nov. 25, 2019

USNI News Graphic

These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of Nov. 25, 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

SECNAV Richard V. Spencer Removed Over Gallagher Deal With White House; Modly Now Acting SECNAV

SECNAV Richard V. Spencer Removed Over Gallagher Deal With White House; Modly Now Acting SECNAV

Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer speaks during an all-hands call onboard U.S. Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka on July 12, 2018. US Navy Photo

The secretary of defense asked Richard V. Spencer to step down as the Secretary of the Navy after Spencer proposed a deal to the White House that would guarantee Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward Gallagher would retire as a SEAL, despite public statements affirming he would let the process dictate the outcome, according to a late Sunday Pentagon statement. Read More