UPDATED: Marine Killed, 9 Injured Following Super Stallion ‘Hard Landing’ at Camp Lejeune

UPDATED: Marine Killed, 9 Injured Following Super Stallion ‘Hard Landing’ at Camp Lejeune

Marines with 2nd Transportation Support Battalion prepare to attach an 8,500-pound high beam to a pintle hook beneath a CH-53E Super Stallion during an external lift exercise aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C. on Aug. 25, 2015. US Marine Corps Photo

Marines with 2nd Transportation Support Battalion prepare to attach an 8,500-pound high beam to a pintle hook beneath a CH-53E Super Stallion during an external lift exercise aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C. on Aug. 25, 2015. US Marine Corps Photo

This post has been updated with additional information from II MEF.

One Marine is dead and nine others are injured following the hard landing of a Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion heavy lift helicopter during a Wednesday training exercise at Camp Lejeune, N.C., officials at the base told USNI News on Thursday. Read More

McCain, Reed Chide Navy Over Problems with LCS Mine Countermeasure Package, Recommend Review of Other Technologies

McCain, Reed Chide Navy Over Problems with LCS Mine Countermeasure Package, Recommend Review of Other Technologies

The littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS-2) deploys a remote multi-mission vehicle (RMMV) while testing the ship’s mine countermeasures mission package (MCM). US Navy Photo

The littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS-2) deploys a remote multi-mission vehicle (RMMV) while testing the ship’s mine countermeasures mission package (MCM). US Navy Photo

The heads of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) expressed disappointment in the progress of the Mine Countermeasures (MCM) package for the Littoral Combat Ship and are recommending the Navy review other mine hunting technologies to fill looming needs in the fleet, according to a Monday letter to Defense Department acquisition chief Frank Kendall, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert obtained by USNI News. Read More

Document: SASC Letter to Navy, DoD Leaders 'Expressing Concern' with LCS Mine Countermeasure Package Performance

Document: SASC Letter to Navy, DoD Leaders ‘Expressing Concern’ with LCS Mine Countermeasure Package Performance

The following is an Aug. 31, 2015 letter from Senate Armed Services Committee leaders chairman Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and ranking member Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) to Department of Defense Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert on the Mine Countermeasures package for the Littoral Combat Ship.  Read More

Navy Refining Surface Ship Master Plan to Balance Shipyard, Operational Needs

Navy Refining Surface Ship Master Plan to Balance Shipyard, Operational Needs

Water is drained from a dry dock at U.S. Naval Ship Repair Facility and Japan Regional Maintenance Center (SRF JRMC) Yokosuka preparing the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67) for a scheduled maintenance availability in July 2015. US Navy photo.

Water is drained from a dry dock at U.S. Naval Ship Repair Facility and Japan Regional Maintenance Center (SRF JRMC) Yokosuka preparing the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67) for a scheduled maintenance availability in July 2015. US Navy photo.

SAN DIEGO – The Navy’s maintenance and operational communities have completed the first iterations of a surface ship master plan for maintenance and modernization work, in the hopes of balancing out peaks and valleys in shipyard workload without impacting operational needs. Read More

Report: Russian Arms Sales Give China a Better Chance in Competing with U.S. Ships

Report: Russian Arms Sales Give China a Better Chance in Competing with U.S. Ships

Type 022 Fast Attack Missile Craft Houbei Class of the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLA Navy) test fires C-803 antiship missile. PLAN Photo via Global Military Review

Type 022 Fast Attack Missile Craft Houbei Class of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLA Navy) test fires C-803 antiship missile. PLAN Photo via Global Military Review

“Improved maritime strike capability has given Chinese warships a much greater chance of competing against their U.S. counterparts” and improved naval air defenses allow its warships “the ability to operate at increasingly great distances from shore”—major advances in large part speeded by arms, vessels and technology sales from Russia since the end of the Cold War. Read More

Air Boss: Carrier Truman Will Only Have 40-Day Workup; Ike, Bush Likely Compressed Too

Air Boss: Carrier Truman Will Only Have 40-Day Workup; Ike, Bush Likely Compressed Too

150828-N-MA158-005 PORTSMOUTH, Va. (Aug. 28, 2015) The aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) departs Norfolk Naval Shipyard following successful completion of its drydocking planned incremental availability. (U.S. Navy photo by Shayne Hensley/Released)

The aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) departs Norfolk Naval Shipyard on Aug. 28, 2015, following successful completion of its drydocking planned incremental availability. US Navy photo.

SAN DIEGO – The aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) is now back to sea after a nine-month extension of its docking planned incremental availability – but the scheduling problems it created will trickle through the carrier fleet, the Navy’s air boss said Tuesday. Read More

MDA Quietly Revises Projected Ballistic Missile Defense Ship Totals Down from FY 2016 Budget Request

MDA Quietly Revises Projected Ballistic Missile Defense Ship Totals Down from FY 2016 Budget Request

An SM-3 Block 1B interceptor is launched from the guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG-70) during a Missile Defense Agency test in 2013. MDA Photo

An SM-3 Block 1B interceptor is launched from the guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG-70) during a Missile Defense Agency test in 2013. MDA Photo

A recent change in how the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) counts ballistic missile defense (BMD) ships lowers projected future totals from what the agency estimated in its Fiscal Year 2016 budget request to Congress, USNI News has learned. Read More