Simcock: Marines in Pacific Need Alternative Platforms to Ensure Mission Availability

Simcock: Marines in Pacific Need Alternative Platforms to Ensure Mission Availability

An MV-22B Osprey lifts a HUMVEE from the USNS Sacagawea April 11 at Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines, during exercise Freedom Banner 2013. US Marine Corps Photo

An MV-22B Osprey lifts a HUMVEE from the USNS Sacagawea April 11 at Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines, during exercise Freedom Banner 2013. US Marine Corps Photo

Marines in the Pacific are experimenting with alternative platforms to avoid the kind of “single-point failure” scenario that has forced them to cancel partner-building activities in the past, the commanding general of the 3rd Marine Division said last week. Read More

New U.K. Defense Plan: Britain Plans to Buy P-8 Poseidons, Commits to F-35 Procurement

New U.K. Defense Plan: Britain Plans to Buy P-8 Poseidons, Commits to F-35 Procurement

A P-8A Poseidon aircraft departs Boeing Field in Seattle for Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla. on Nov. 20, 2014. US Navy Photo

A P-8A Poseidon aircraft departs Boeing Field in Seattle for Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla. on Nov. 20, 2014. US Navy Photo

CORRECTION: A previous version of this post stated the incorrect number of planned Type 26 frigates for the Royal Navy. The U.K. anticipates building eight of the new ship class, not five.

LONDON — Five years after a cash-strapped Great Britain retired the last of its Hawker Siddeley Nimrod MR2 maritime patrol aircraft from frontline duty, Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday announced a belated replacement for the vital capability—in the shape of nine Boeing P-8 Poseidon aircraft. Read More

French Fighters Launch from Carrier Charles de Gaulle Against ISIS Targets in Iraq

French Fighters Launch from Carrier Charles de Gaulle Against ISIS Targets in Iraq

A French Dassault Rafale M launches from nuclear carrier Charles de Gaulle in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea on Nov. 23. French Ministry of Defense Photo

A French Dassault Rafale M launches from nuclear carrier Charles de Gaulle in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea on Nov. 23. French Ministry of Defense Photo

The French Navy launched strike fighters to against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria targets in Iraq from its nuclear aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle (R91) on Monday, the French Minstry of Defense announced. Read More

Video: Littoral Combat Ship USS Milwaukee Commissions

Video: Littoral Combat Ship USS Milwaukee Commissions

The following are highlights from the Nov. 21, 2015 commissioning ceremony of the Littoral Combat Ship USS Milwaukee (LCS-5). The ship is the third Lockheed Martin Freedom-class LCS built at the Marinette Marine shipyard and will be home-ported in San Diego, California. Read More

USMC Investigation: Pilot Performance in Brownout Conditions Led to May MV-22 Crash

USMC Investigation: Pilot Performance in Brownout Conditions Led to May MV-22 Crash

Screen shot of the aftermath of the MV-22 Osprey hard landing during a training exercise in Hawaii. Photo via KITV4.

Screen shot of the aftermath of the MV-22 Osprey hard landing during a training exercise in Hawaii. Photo via KITV4.

The Marine Corps found that pilot performance and an improper site survey of the landing zone led to the May 17 MV-22 Osprey crash in Hawaii that killed two Marines and injured 20, according to a statement regarding the recently completed crash investigation. Read More