RIMPAC 2016: Marines Test UAVs for Artillery Calls for Fire, Close Air Support

RIMPAC 2016: Marines Test UAVs for Artillery Calls for Fire, Close Air Support

An RQ-7B Shadow of VMU-3. USNI News photo.

An RQ-7B Shadow of VMU-3. USNI News photo.

POHAKULOA TRAINING AREA, ISLAND OF HAWAII – The RQ-7B Shadows of Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron (VMU) 3 are flying in the Hawaiian skies during the Rim of the Pacific exercise for the first time, bringing a new forward observer and artillery-calling capability to the amphibious force despite being build to support ground troops. Read More

Report: U.K. MoD Set to Release $1.32B for First Successor Ballistic Missile Sub

Report: U.K. MoD Set to Release $1.32B for First Successor Ballistic Missile Sub

An artist's conception of the U.K.'s Successor-class future planned ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) released Tuesday. UK Ministry of Defense Photo

An artist’s conception of the U.K.’s Successor-class future planned ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) released Tuesday. UK Ministry of Defense Photo

The U.K. Ministry of Defense is set to give manufacturers of the Royal Navy’s next nuclear submarine class $1.32 billion for early development funds for the program, according to a Monday report in The Financial Times. Read More

F-35B Tactics Evolving As Pilots' Understanding Of Technology Matures

F-35B Tactics Evolving As Pilots’ Understanding Of Technology Matures

An F-35B Lightning II with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 takes off during exercise Red Flag 16-3 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., July 20. This is the first time that the fifth generation fighter has participated in the multiservice air-to-air combat training exercise. US Marine Corps photo.

An F-35B Lightning II with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 takes off during exercise Red Flag 16-3 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., July 20. This is the first time that the fifth generation fighter has participated in the multiservice air-to-air combat training exercise. US Marine Corps photo.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Marine Corps’ top aviator said the F-35B Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter pilots have matured in their understanding of the new platform in the year since the service declared initial operational capability (IOC), pushing themselves to push past planned tactics and create a new way of using the fifth-generation technology. Read More

Marine Corps Hornet Pilot Killed In Crash At Twentynine Palms

Marine Corps Hornet Pilot Killed In Crash At Twentynine Palms

A U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18C Hornet aircraft with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 314, stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California, taxis down the runway at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska on June 20, 2016. US Marine Corps Photo

A U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18C Hornet aircraft with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 314, stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California, taxis down the runway at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska on June 20, 2016. US Marine Corps Photo

A Marine Corps pilot in an F/A-18C Hornet died last night in a crash during a training mission near Twentynine Palms, Calif. Read More

RIMPAC 2016: Hawaiian Combat Training Range Offers Unique Opportunities

RIMPAC 2016: Hawaiian Combat Training Range Offers Unique Opportunities

An Australian sniper looks out over the Pohakuloa Training Area's Range 10 prior to a U.S. Marine platoon with Australian support attachments conducting the test event. USNI News photo.

An Australian sniper looks out over the Pohakuloa Training Area’s Range 10 prior to a U.S. Marine platoon with Australian support attachments conducting the test event on July 18, 2016. USNI News photo.

POHAKULOA TRAINING AREA, ISLAND OF HAWAII – Flying into the Pohakuloa Training Area, more than 6,000 feet above sea level and nestled between two volcanoes on the Big Island, the ground below looks nothing like a tropical Hawaiian paradise. The day starts out cold, and as soon as the sun warms up the mountainside, fog and rain are ushered up the mountain that cool down the area again.

Among the lava rocks grow scraggly trees and brown grasses, and aside from wild goats and nenes there are few signs of life.

Where better for Marines and soldiers to bring out their big guns? Read More