U.S. Navy Growing P-8 Poseidon Operations in the Western Pacific

U.S. Navy Growing P-8 Poseidon Operations in the Western Pacific

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A P-8 Poseidon aircraft belonging to the ‘Pelicans’ of Patrol Squadron (VP) 45 returns from a mission during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014 in July. US Navy Photo

A P-8 Poseidon aircraft belonging to the ‘Pelicans’ of Patrol Squadron (VP) 45 returns from a mission during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014 in July. US Navy Photo

The U.S. Navy is cutting its teeth on the new Boeing P-8A Poseidon long range maritime Multi-Mission Aircraft with deployments to the U.S. 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AOR), with the third rotation of the type currently ongoing at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan since the first one began at the end of 2013. A typical deployment to Kadena lasts between six to seven months, and currently consists of a single squadron of Lockheed Martin P-3C Orions and one of P-8As to demonstrate the ability of the two platforms to operate effectively in a high-tempo environment. Read More

Opinion: What China's Investment in Africa Means for U.S. Counterterrorism Efforts

Opinion: What China’s Investment in Africa Means for U.S. Counterterrorism Efforts

Reuters Photo via Al Jazeera

Reuters Photo via Al Jazeera

The massive influx of Chinese immigrants and investment in Africa pose significant obstacles to U.S. development and counterterrorism efforts in the region. By preying upon the vulnerabilities of Africa’s many rentier states, Chinese endeavors exacerbate existing tensions over scarce natural resources, buttress corrupt regimes, and further entrench the status quo that has proven a fertile breeding ground for Islamist extremism. Read More

U.S. Officially Ends Special Operations Task Force in the Philippines, Some Advisors May Remain

U.S. Officially Ends Special Operations Task Force in the Philippines, Some Advisors May Remain

U.S. and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) honor guard perform a 21-gun salute during a memorial service in Zamboanga City, Philippines in 2010. US Navy Photo

U.S. and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) honor guard perform a 21-gun salute during a memorial service in Zamboanga City, Philippines in 2010. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to include additional comments from U.S. Special Operations Command, Pacific.

The U.S. special operations mission to help the Philippine military to fight Islamic militants is coming to a close, U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) officials told USNI News on Thursday. Read More

SECNAV Mabus: Pace of ‘Fat Leonard’ Investigations is ‘Frustrating’

SECNAV Mabus: Pace of ‘Fat Leonard’ Investigations is ‘Frustrating’

Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus, left, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert testify before the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) in March 2014. US Navy Photo

Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus, left, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert testify before the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) in March 2014. US Navy Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The length of the ongoing Department of Justice (DoJ) “Fat Leonard” investigation into alleged corruption by U.S. naval personnel in awarding ship services contracts in the Western Pacific could cause “some problems” for filing upper level management billets in the Navy if the pace of the investigation continues on its present course, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus told Congress on Thursday. Read More

Navy to Build CVN-79 in 2 Phases; Ditching Plans for Early AFSB-3 Procurement

Navy to Build CVN-79 in 2 Phases; Ditching Plans for Early AFSB-3 Procurement

A unit for the future aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN-79) rests on the assembly platen at Newport News Shipbuilding on March 5, 2014. US Navy Photo

A unit for the future aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN-79) rests on the assembly platen at Newport News Shipbuilding on March 5, 2014. US Navy Photo

In their first budget hearing of the year with the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), Navy officials described their Fiscal Year 2016 plans that include speeding up construction of the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CVN-79) without changing its delivery date, hurrying to start the USS George Washington (CVN-73) Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH) planning to avoid problems down the road, and abandoning hopes of procuring a third Afloat Forward Staging Base early. Read More

NATO Commander Breedlove: Imported Russian Missiles Have Turned Crimea into a Black Sea ‘Power Projection’ Platform

NATO Commander Breedlove: Imported Russian Missiles Have Turned Crimea into a Black Sea ‘Power Projection’ Platform

Iskander mobile ballistic missile systems (NATO Reporting name: SS-26 Stone) during a practice parade in Moscow in 2010. via Wikipedia

Iskander mobile ballistic missile systems (NATO Reporting name: SS-26 Stone) during a practice parade in Moscow in 2010. via Wikipedia

PENTAGON — Since Russia has taken control of the Crimean region of Ukraine, it has moved a significant number of anti-air and anti-surface missile systems onto the peninsula that could hit targets in most of the Black Sea region, the supreme commander of NATO and U.S. European Command (EUCOM) told reporters in a Wednesday afternoon briefing. Read More