Marine Corps Suspends ACV Waterborne Operations for Faulty Towing Mechanism

Marine Corps Suspends ACV Waterborne Operations for Faulty Towing Mechanism

An Amphibious Combat Vehicle operated by Marines with the Amphibious Vehicle Test Branch, Marine Corps Tactical Systems Support Activity, departs the amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset (LPD 25) as part of the vehicle’s developmental testing off the shore of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Jan. 29, 2020. US Marine Corps Photo

The Marine Corps ordered an immediate stop to any waterborne operation of its fleet of amphibious combat vehicles until it resolves an issue with a troubled towing mechanism, the service announced Friday afternoon. Read More

U.S. Coast Guard Continues to Expand Presence in the Western Pacific

U.S. Coast Guard Continues to Expand Presence in the Western Pacific

JS OUMI conducted joint training with cutter USCGC Munro (WMSL-755) in the East China Sea on Aug. 26, 2021. JMSDF Photo

KUALA LUMPUR – The U.S. Coast Guard’s status as a military service coupled with its law enforcement roles allows it to effectively contribute to both the military and maritime law enforcement requirements of the Indo-Pacific region, according to the commander of U.S. Coast Guard units operating in the region. Read More

HASC Passes NDAA That Boosts Shipbuilding, Authorizes 13 Battleforce Ships

HASC Passes NDAA That Boosts Shipbuilding, Authorizes 13 Battleforce Ships

USS Tripoli (LHA-7) arrives at its new homeport at Naval Base San Diego, Calif., on Sept. 13, 2020. US Navy Photo

 

This story has been updated to include more information about the amphibious warship the HASC bill authorizes.

The House Armed Services Committee early Thursday approved its annual defense policy bill and boosted the Navy’s shipbuilding account and authorizing 13 battleforce ships. Read More

U.S., U.K. F-35s Drill in the Western Pacific

U.S., U.K. F-35s Drill in the Western Pacific

A Marine F-35B Lighting II aboard the deck of HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08) this week. Royal Navy Photo

KUALA LUMPUR – Aircraft from carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) flew interoperability exercises over the Philippine Sea on Aug. 26 with U.S. Marine Corps and Royal Air Force F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters from the U.K. Royal Navy’s Queen Elizabeth Carrier Strike Group 21 (CSG 21), the Navy announced this week.
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Navy, Marine Corps Issue Policy, Deadlines for Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccinations for Active, Reserve Forces

Navy, Marine Corps Issue Policy, Deadlines for Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccinations for Active, Reserve Forces

Sailors with Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command (NMRTC) Bremerton administer the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to all unvaccinated active duty personnel assigned to commands in Puget Sound, Wash., Aug. 31, 2021. US Navy Photo

All active-duty Marines and Navy personnel must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Nov. 28, and reservists by Dec. 28, to comply with the Department of the Navy’s latest immunization policy, the services announced in all-hands messages. Read More

HASC Adopts Amendment That Would Authorize 4 More Battleforce Ships, Increase DoD Topline to $23.9B

HASC Adopts Amendment That Would Authorize 4 More Battleforce Ships, Increase DoD Topline to $23.9B

Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer Jack H. Lucas (DDG-125) launching at Ingalls Shipbuilding on June 5, 2021. HII Photo

This story has been updated to include more information about the amphibious warship included in the amendment put forth by Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.).

The House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday adopted an amendment that would authorize four additional battleforce ships for the Navy and increase the overall Defense Department topline by $23.9 billion. Read More

U.S. Marine F-35Bs to Operate off Largest Japanese Warship Later This Year

U.S. Marine F-35Bs to Operate off Largest Japanese Warship Later This Year

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopter destroyer JS Izumo (DDH-183) steams during a ship maneuvering exercise for Malabar 2017. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to say the U.S. Marine F-35s on JS Izumo should occur by November.

U.S. Marine F-35B Lighting II Joint Strike Fighters will operate off a Japanese warship later this year, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David Berger said on Wednesday. Read More

UPDATED: 5 Sailors Missing After Navy Helicopter Crashes off California; 5 More Sailors on USS Abraham Lincoln Injured

UPDATED: 5 Sailors Missing After Navy Helicopter Crashes off California; 5 More Sailors on USS Abraham Lincoln Injured

An MH-60S Knighthawk, assigned to the ‘Eightballers’ of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8, lifts cargo from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), May 21, 2021. US Navy Photo

This post will be updated as new information becomes available.

Five sailors are missing after a Navy helicopter crashed off the coast of California on Monday, U.S. 3rd Fleet said. Read More