Category Archives: U.S. Marine Corps

Moving Marines Across the Pacific Could Be Littoral Combat Ship’s Next Mission

Moving Marines Across the Pacific Could Be Littoral Combat Ship’s Next Mission

USS Kansas City (LCS-22) off the coast of California on Aug. 16, 2021. USNI News Photo

ABOARD THE LITTORAL COMBAT SHIP USS KANSAS CITY, OFF THE COAST OF CALIFORNIA – The cavernous mission bay of USS Kansas City (LCS-22) was crafted to hold the Navy’s needs to find sea mines, fight swarm boats or interdict submarines – mission packages that have lagged the construction of the ships and plagued the Littoral Combat Ship program.

Now the LCS might be ready for a new mission – moving Marines across the Indo-Pacific. Read More

Milley: Staying in Afghanistan Past Deadline Would Have Put U.S. Troops, Afghans in Danger

Milley: Staying in Afghanistan Past Deadline Would Have Put U.S. Troops, Afghans in Danger

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, commander, United States Central Command appear before the Senate Armed Services Committee on the conclusion of military operations in Afghanistan and plans for future counterterrorism operations on Sept. 28, 2021. DoD Photo

If Presidents Donald Trump and Joe Biden had chosen to ignore the dates set for the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, it would have meant moving elements of the XVIII Airborne Corps into the land-locked country to hold Bagram Air Base and Kabul, and renewed fighting that would have endangered American forces, citizens and Afghans, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told Congress today. Read More

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Sept. 27, 2021

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Sept. 27, 2021

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These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of Sept. 27, 2021, 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

Panel: Technical Pacts Like AUKUS Blunt China's Edge in Pacific

Panel: Technical Pacts Like AUKUS Blunt China’s Edge in Pacific

Australian, Indian and U.S. ships sail past each other as fixed-wing aircraft from the India and U.S. navies conduct a flyover during Malabar 2020 on Nov. 20, 2020. US Navy Photo

Alliances like the Australia-United Kingdom-United States agreement that will supply the Royal Australian Navy with a nuclear submarine program bring allies together by sharing technology when faced with a competitor like China, an expert on South China Sea security issues said Thursday. Read More

Panel: Russia Conflicted by America’s Afghanistan Withdrawal

Panel: Russia Conflicted by America’s Afghanistan Withdrawal

U.S. Army soldiers board a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft prior to departure for Hamid Karzai International Airport, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Allies Refuge at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait, on Aug. 13, 2021. US Air Force Photo

Russia’s Afghanistan failures in the 1980s are driving the Kremlin’s thinking of how to deal with the Taliban and the possible rise of religious extremism near its borders, two scholars on Central Asia said Wednesday. Read More

13th Sailor Dies From COVID-19 Complications

13th Sailor Dies From COVID-19 Complications

Gas Turbine System Technician (Mechanical) 1st Class Ryan Crosby, 39. US Navy Photo

A Virginia Beach, Va., sailor assigned to Expeditionary Warfare Training Group Atlantic died on Sunday after complications from a COVID-19 infection, the Navy announced today. Read More

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Sept. 20, 2021

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Sept. 20, 2021

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 Sept. 20, 2021, 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

Carrier USS Ronald Reagan Leaves Middle East After Almost 3 Months; Essex ARG, 11th MEU Enters the Persian Gulf

Carrier USS Ronald Reagan Leaves Middle East After Almost 3 Months; Essex ARG, 11th MEU Enters the Persian Gulf

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) steams in the Arabian Sea on Sept. 6, 2021. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to show the Reagan Carrier Strike Group has left U.S. Central Command.

The Japan-based Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group has left the Middle East after operating in the region since June, a Navy official confirmed to USNI News on Thursday. Read More